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Athletic director issues statement regarding Whittingham’s future at U of U

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Dec 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-29 19:26:14-05

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah athletics director Chris Hill issued a statement Monday regarding U of U head football coach Kyle Whittingham in response to rumors the coach may have been unhappy with his position at the school and was considering a move.

A columnist with Salt Lake Tribune posted an article Saturday stating Whittingham would be walking away from his position at the U; Monday Hill issued a statement refuting that analysis.

The full statement is as follows:

“As the athletics director, it is my job to meet with our head coaches to address aspects of their programs that can be improved. Coach Whittingham and I met twice in person this week for this reason. I want to reassure our fans and recruits that Kyle Whittingham is our head coach and any rumors to the contrary have no validity. As for Kalani Sitake, I am sorry we could not retain him as our defensive coordinator. Prior to the bowl game I offered him a three-year contract worth $750,000 a year plus bonuses that brought it to $800,000. Thank you for your interest and passion for Utah football. Sincerely, Chris Hill.”