Utah football: Whittingham went to In-N-Out and had a Double-Double to celebrate his 75th coaching win

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  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    Nate in the 808,

    ".....no 'born in the wool' former Ute players to be coaching at any level of significance."

    I have already commented on this statement but here is another I remembered. Ray Groth was a starting QB for Utah under coach Bill Meek and he spent many years as the head football coach at Granger High School. I am sure there are many former Utah players from California who returned to that state and were head coaches at the High School level.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    Congrats on a huge 75th victory, Coach Whit! You deserved the Double Double!

    Here's to keeping the momentum rolling in AZ!

    Go Utes!

  • Utahute72 Tooele, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    @Y's little brother. What national legacy?

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 9:46 a.m.


    "Mike McCoy, Gary Andersen, Norm Chow, George Seifert" is enough of a coaching legacy from the U. Good grief, some of these byu fans just throw out comments thinking they will stick. The sad part is that once the comment is made by one byu fan, it seems to morph into some sort of twisted "fact" as it gets repeated by the byu collective.

    If Duck wants to talk about coaching trees, he should start with the here and now. For example, Bronco's coaching tree has no leaves, no branches, and no roots. In fact, the tree doesn't even exist. It's nothing more than carnage that was left behind after the bus ran over it.

    Rise and shout...

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    Although not former U players don't forget Jim Fassel, HC of the New York Giants from 1997 to 2003 and Brad Childress, HC of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010. Jim Fassel is a former HC at the U and Childress was on a coaching staff at the U. Also, George Siefert, former HC of the San Francisco 49's played football at the U. And why not include Norm Chow? Played football at the U and is now the HC at Hawaii.

    Oct. 15, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Duck, the claim was that there are no Utah alumni coaching in "any level of significance." No, assistants aren't the most prominent coaching figures, but high-level assistants at high-level schools are certainly coaches at a "level of significance."

    And why the knee jerk reaction to defend BYU's coaching tree? I didn't say anything about BYU. They have a fantastic coaching network. That's great. But what does it have to do with what I said, and how did I compare any of them at all?

  • agb Layton, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 5:50 a.m.

    Where is Hadley:

    What does Whitts 75th victory have to do with future coaches at BYU? And when did you realize that U haven't left BYU behind?

    Ill do something that you apparently don't want to/can't (?) do: congratulate coach Whitt on 75 wins and wish him future success. He's a stand up guy and a class act.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:42 p.m.


    Yes that's right (the 'most every school' comment back @stg).

    Also, BYU has a larger significant coaching tree for sure. Still, Nate in the 808 was off though. BYU has the Heisman trophy as well on their resume. Something of note; Alex Smith was a Heisman finalist. And the national championship in 1984 will always be on record. Utah was #2 in 2008.

    And BYU does have a legacy. I won't deny that either. Now I would say it's not quite as great as what many BYU fans think it is. But that is fans everywhere right? I include Utah fans in that examination question as well. BYU is not what they once were but exposure allows them better access to find the ole' groove. Their schedule works as well. They play a number of solid opponents but enough patsies to pad their overall record. Along the way comes exposure. It's bad exposure when Utah beats them on ESPN though. Or maybe it's just good exposure for Utah to show up to BYU's ESPN party and leave with the girl.

    Moving on, I have long been an Andy Reid fan. And I love Alex Smith.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:54 p.m.


    There are assistants all over from most every school, what does that prove?

    I'll give you mccoy and seifert but trying to compare morgan scalley, jay hill, or kauha'aha'a to Andy Reid, Steve Sarkisian, Kyle Whittingham, Mike Holmgren, Brian Billick, Mike Leach, and the list goes on, is kind of a stretch don't you think?

    Oct. 14, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    Yeah, besides Mike McCoy, Gary Andersen, Norm Chow, George Seifert, Jay Hill, Chad Kauha'aha'a, and Morgan Scalley, what Ute alumni have ever coached a lick?!

  • Frankenberry Saint George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    Coach Whit, a double double? I hope you took your cholesterol pill with that.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Oct. 14, 2013 6:50 p.m.


    Whit was giving his former team mate a friendly Jab. I would imagine that he enjoys seeing his former team mate and his former player having a so much success this year in Kansas City. These two are a great example of how the rivalry should be.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    It is obviously a bit of teasing between Reid and whittingham, nothing wrong with that. And yes kyle has plenty of love for BYU, but he is a ute right now and that is just the way it is. Can't blame him for loving the place that cuts his million dollar checks. I'd love them to for that kind of money.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    @ Malihini

    A while back Reid said the Whittingham bled blue. Coach Whit is just returning fire with his former teammate and friend. It's all good natured fun

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    maybe someday the U will have a Utah man at the helm. But for now, they will just have to settle for the best.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    Congrats to Coach Whitt and the team for the hard earned victory over a formidable conference power house. The jab at Reid was funny, and was clearly intended as a joke, which is completely lost on the byU "fan".

    Congratulations goes out to Nate Orchard, as Athlon Sports national and PAC 12 player of the week; Prince Phillips, PAC 12 Player of the week and Athlon Sports PAC 12 freshman of the week; and Coaches Erickson and Sitake, PAC 12 coordinator of the week.

    Also, welcome to Ute Nation Haines City, FL athlete Dacorius Law, ranked with four stars by ESPN.

    Go Utes!!

    Onward and Upward!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:34 p.m.


    "Trying to claim that Andy Reid is a closet Ute is laughable"

    Will the trollers stop at nothing? It was very CLEARLY a joke by Whitt - a jab at his very good friend in response to a jab that Reid took at him.

    Get over it.

    Go Utes!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:31 p.m.


    "When they get beat by good teams, it comes as a huge shock."

    There must have been heart attacks a plenty after Virginia

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:48 p.m.


    "What national legacy...?"

    1 consensus National Championship
    1 Heisman Trophy Winner
    6 National Hall of Fame Players
    15 National Individual Awards
    17 AP Top 25 Finishes

    Multiple BYU alumni who have coached in the NFL and at the highest levels of college football (including three current head coaches in the PAC 12).

    Trying to claim that Andy Reid is a closet Ute is laughable, especially when he stated very recently that BYU is the only collegiate head-coaching position he would even consider.

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    Kind of a weird quote from Whitingham when he wasn't even asked about Reid's connection to the program. The question had to do with Alex Smith a former player of his. And why would Andy Reid have any connection or affiliation toward Utah...just because his current QB played there? Did that mean that Reid was a VaTech fan when he was in Philly? Or, I guess in Whit's world, since Reid was a teammate of Whit, he most worship him as he demands all of those around him to do.

    I guess Whit just can't leave it alone can he?

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    Coach Whittingham is the man.

  • bigpunisher303 Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    I'm a BYU fan, but I admire coachKW and what he's done at the UofU. I hardly post due to the attitude and behavior of some of these ridiculous fans from both sides (Y and U). But that's sports for ya, I suppose. Good luck to both teams for the remainder of the season.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    That's funny, Y little brother, glom on to BYU's legacy. Would that be the legacy of losing regularly to Utah (22 game lead for Utes) or BYU getting left behind in the mid majors? Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC, Alabama, Michigan, those are teams with real legacies; BYU is not even close to any of them in any meaningful way. Keep pretending you're one of the big boys; the rest of the country knows the truth.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    @ MyPerspective

    I know a lot of Y fans who truly think they have a national legacy. When they get beat by good teams, it comes as a huge shock. Every single time.

    It never gets old.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    Y's little brother

    "Laughing out loud at our friends on the hill constantly trying to glom onto BYU's national legacy."

    What? What national legacy and where did you get that idea from this article or this board?? Seriously...do you people honestly think this way or do you make these comments because you know how annoying it is?

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    Fun to see a win over Stanford has given rebirth to overconfident Ute fans.

    The ether is thick and heavy at the moment....

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Laughing out loud at our friends on the hill constantly trying to glom onto BYU's national legacy.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    @ Nate in the 808

    You wrote "even more telling is that there are no 'born in the wool' former Ute players to be coaching at any level of significance.

    Slow down Nate. Mike McCoy who was the starting QB on the 1994 team that went 10-2 and finished #8 in the final rankings is now the HEAD COACH of the San Diego Chargers.

    1994 was the best year ever for the old WAC. Utah finished #8, and BYU and Colorado State were both in the top 15. Utah beat both BYU and Colorado State that year, plus Arizona (the preseason #1) in the Freedom Bowl and Oregon on the road.

    Oct. 14, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    That's pretty funny. Huge fan of Coach Whitt and Andy Reid. Think they are both great and obviously are really great friends. @Nate in the 808, I'm not sure what you mean by born in the wool but Mike McCoy is coaching at a pretty significant level, Gary Andersen as well. They were both transfers to the Utah program. Maybe that's what you meant. Doesn't really matter was just hoping for some clarification.
    Go Utes!!!

  • Tom in MS Madison, MS
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    @Nate in the 808 - Right off the top of my head there is Mike McCoy HC of the San Diego Chargers. No level of significance? I guess the NFL is below the MWC right now.

  • ChristoperB Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:14 p.m.


    Except the NFL in San Diego huh?

  • swissh Alpharetta, GA
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    You gotta love Coach Whit. I've never understood how any real BYU fan could not like him. It can only be younger types or cavemen who have not sense of Kyle and his entire family's devotion to BYU and all that they did for the school.

    I have no connection to the U and therefore, no special interest in the Utes. That said, with Coach Whit and the number of RM's on the team, I will always be interested in their success. Real fans don't begrudge another's success. Smite'm brethren...

    Go Cougars!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    Reids quote about whittingham.
    Speaking of Utah, Reid said he is close with Utes Head Coach Kyle Whittingham, his former teammate at BYU. "Deep down he really bleeds blue," Reid proudly said. "He just can't say that right now, but he does."

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    quote from reid about BYU
    "Listen, if there was ever a college job, that would be it," Reid said of BYU. "Coach Edwards was there for 30 plus years and Bronco is on his way to doing that. BYU's got a great head coach; he's done a marvelous job … there's no need for another head coach. Just let him do his thing, let him keep going; he's doing a great job with it."

  • Nate in the 808 orem, ut
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    Even more telling is that there are no 'born in the wool' former Ute players to be coaching at any level of significance.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    @Where is Hadley
    A few weeks ago in an interview Andy Reid said BYU would be the one college job he would look at.
    Sark is not LDS so therefore not eligible.
    Whit agreed to go to BYU before changing his mind. (good choice for him, but was interested in going)
    Mike Leach I don't know if anyone has asked if he would go to BYU.
    Please don't assume.

  • Where is Hadley? Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    For all the smack talk about Whittingham, Steve Sarkisian, Mike Leach, and Andy Reid being BYU grads, isn't it telling that not a single one of them would be at all interested in going there if/when the position opens up? A Wac/indy byu that isn't wanted by any conference isn't exactly a coveted position.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    Whit is a great coach.
    Really funny a few weeks ago Reid said Whit was a closet Cougar now Whit says Reid is a closet Ute.
    Good luck Utes and Cougs.
    Go prove it on the road.