Kyle Whittingham not reminiscing about his 10th season at the helm of the Utes

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    Should I take the approach utah "fans" would take if this was an article about Bronco or BYU? Ok, just for fun let's do that.

    This is obviously a fluff peice designed to justify the failures as beyond the control of whittingham as well as prop up the utah "fan"base and convince them all is really well with this sinking ship. And yes 4-5, 3-6, and 2-7, is indicative of a sinking ship.

    The Dnews prints articles like this because they are utah homers and the delusional utah "fan"base slurps it up with thoughtless acceptance.

    All is well, whittingham is the greatest coach ever, utah is the greatest program ever, all is well.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    Utah will go 7-5 and go to the best bowl game of anyone in state.

    And Coach Christensen and NASCAR will be the reason why.

    Go Utes

  • Fight On! St George, Utah
    Aug. 25, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    I have always been impressed with Whittingham as a coach. He seems to always put a good product on the field, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Utah would be very foolish to cut him loose at this point. Starting from scratch with a new coaching staff could potentially be a death sentence to the program.

    If Utah can have some consistency on the offensive side of the ball and gain some momentum in recruiting, I think they will see some noticeable recruiting.

    Recruiting athletes to play in Salt Lake is hard enough, the only reason it has been decent is because of Whittingham and the staff he has had. Lose Whittingham, and Utah loses all credibility- in-state recruiting will suffer, and there will be a drop off that will take years to recover from.

    Unfortunately, the Utah fanbase continues to be unrealistic with their expectations and have put a lot of pressure on Whittingham. You are at the bottom of the best Conference in the Nation. 8-4 is a looooooong ways off.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 2:30 p.m.

    I love all the coug fans predicting coach Whit's doom. These are all the same fans that cheered when their offensive coordinator was fired and then predicted a national championship when he was hired back because "he learned so much from coaching in the PAC."

    Kyle does indeed have a difficult task ahead of him with the nations toughest schedule. But he hasn't lost his team and they have improved collectively across the board. They were in almost every game last year and if they could keep their QB healthy, we wouldn't be even talking about this. He has been good enough to beat your mighty cougars year after year but then again, we shouldn't compare the two programs because they are clearly at two different levels.

    Go Utes!

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    He'll have time to reminisce about what it was like when he "was" Utah's coach in December while others are playing in bowl games.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:16 a.m.


    "I feel sorry for Whittingham - he's in a no-win situation."

    No you don't and no he isn't.

    Thanks for playing. We appreciate your commitment to and perseverance with all things Ute though. So, please, come again!

    Have fun in November with UNLV and Savannah State!

    Go Utes!!

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    Again, all of the BYU fans predicting Coach Whitt's fate. Stanford coach, "they beat us". Something you never hear from the coach down south. They still think 10 is greater than 54.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    Whittingham is a stud. The guy is the definition of a Utah Man and he is Utah's best chance at continuously being competitive in the Pac 12. He has stuck around even after being offered a job at the much bigger, more prestigous program Tennessee. That's gotta count for something (not to mention he's given Utah a decade of dominance in in-state rivalries). Rational fans realized this transition wasn't going to be easy. What has changed? He'll get us there but it'll take time

    That said, I am strangely optimistic about this season. For the first time in ages the Utes have a legitmate back-up QB in case history again repeats itself and Wilson goes down. In previous years Whittingham has brought in new OCs without any other changes on the offensive staff. Almost every coaching position on the offense has changed and some of the new coaches were hand-picked by Christensen.

    If the team can stay healthy, and that's a big IF, I look for the Utes to surprise many teams in the Pac 12. Utes go 8-4, recieve an invite to the Las Vegas Bowl and beat 11-1 Utah State 31-17.

    Go Utes!!

  • Utah rules Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    I can imagine that sometimes it seems like a few years and sometimes it seems like 100 years. That is the life of a football coach depending on your success. I am guessing that at the end of another losing season it will feel like the later. He should be able to find a new job pretty easily at the end of the season as he has had a decent career. He just is not cut out for coaching in a big time conference.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    I hope Whit can win this year. He's not the problem. The problem is the inability of Utah to recruit a roster full of 4 and 5 star talent. Trying to attract said talent to Salt Lake City and the state of Utah is a much bigger challenge than the Utes really thought it would be.

    Changing coaches will not change this.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    its hard to reminisce when your job is on the line. Whitingham knows full well he can't finish again with a losing record in the PAC12. If he does - he is gone. Utah must win against the middle tier PAC12 teams including CAL, Arizona, Oregon State and Arizona State.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    I feel sorry for Whittingham - he's in a no-win situation.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:45 p.m.

    And if Utah finishes last in the conference then what? That is following everybody's opinion that Utah and Colorado will battle for last. I like Coach Whit but how long does he stay in the good graces of the powers to be?

    Aug. 24, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    Despite the record the Utes have improved the past couple of years. Problem is, so has the rest of the conference. Last year there were 3 key games that determined the season. A loss to OSU early in the year when a stop on 4th and 9 would have won the game. A loss to ASU despite a 10 point lead entering the 4th quarter. A win against Stanford despite almost losing a 13 point lead in the 4th quarter. Winning 2 of these 3 would have meant a bowl game, winning only 1 meant a second losing season. KW is a good coach but needs to make it happen this year.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 5:48 p.m.

    I have spoke to Kyle once at his U gym and seen him play at BYU while going to school there. What a nice guy. I wish him well and I like to see him win many games this year (of course not against future BYU). All I can say, good luck Kyle Whitingham with your program at the U for 2014.