Kyle Whittingham signs two-year extension to stay with U of U through 2020

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 19:16:35-05

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham will stay with the Utes through the 2020 season, according to an announcement made Friday.

The U of U and Whittingham reached a deal to extend the coach’s contract for two more years through the 2020 season, and the extension will pay Whittingham $3.3 million each year.

Last year, an agreement was reached on a deal through 2018, and that 4-year deal paid $2.6 million annually starting in 2015 with an automatic increase of $100,000 each year through 2018.

“We are excited about the contract extension for Coach Whittingham and look forward to continued success in the Pac-12 Conference under his leadership,” said Chris Hill, U of U Director of Athletics.

Whittingham also made a statement in the press release.

“I am grateful for the support and commitment shown by Chris Hill and President Pershing with this contract extension,” he stated. “It gives further stability to our football program and what we are trying to accomplish. We are excited about the future here at Utah and the recruiting class we will sign next Wednesday.”

Whittingham has a 95-46 record in 11 years as Utah’s head coach and has been with the program since 1994, according to the press release. Last season, the Utes were ranked as highly as No. 3 after a 6-0 start. Utah finished the season 10-3 after a Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl win over rival BYU.