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Reports: Oregon State’s Kalani Sitake reaches deal with BYU to be next head coach

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 18:40:55-05
Kalani Sitake. Image courtesy Oregon State Athletics.

Kalani Sitake. Image courtesy Oregon State Athletics.

PROVO, Utah — As outbound Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall guides the BYU Cougars through their last game with him at the helm, several media outlets are reporting that Oregon State assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake has agreed to replace Mendenhall. 

ESPN and Sports Illustrated both report Sitake is expected to take the head coaching job at BYU. Click here for the report from ESPN, and here for the report from Sports Illustrated. 

Both outlets attribute the information to unnamed sources, and so far FOX 13 News has not been able to confirm the deal through BYU school officials

Sitake has history as a Cougar, as he played for BYU for several years–graduating in 2000, which is the same year he was named most valuable running back. According to the OSU Beavers’ athletics website, he signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2001 season, but quit playing football due to a back injury.

Sitake joined OSU in 2014 after spending 10 years with the University of Utah, including three seasons with the Utes as assistant head coach.

FOX 13 News will have more on this story as further details emerge.