Nov 2, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham claps during the second quarter against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

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Utah extends Whittingham through 2027

Already the Pac-12’s longest-tenured head coach, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham signed a contract extension through December 2027 on Wednesday.

Whittingham, who turns 61 on Nov. 21, guided the Utes to an 11-3 record, a second straight Pac-12 South championship and a No. 16 final ranking last season.

He kicks off his 16th full season as Utah’s head coach and his 27th on the Utes’ staff when Arizona visits Salt Lake City for Saturday’s season opener.

He has compiled a record of 131-64 (.672), including 11-3 in bowl games.

“Kyle Whittingham has established a culture in the Utah Football program that not only achieves success on the field, but also in the classroom, the community and in the development of student-athletes for their future beyond their time on campus,” Utah athletic director Mark Harlan said. “This has been especially evident throughout the pandemic, as he has steadily demonstrated leadership, patience and flexibility, putting the priority of health and well-being for student-athletes above all else.”

Whittingham was named the 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year.

The deal extends Whittingham’s current contract by four years.

“We want to thank our Athletics Director Mark Harlan and our President Ruth Watkins for their unwavering support of our coaching staff and for their commitment to our football program,” Whittingham said in a press release. “This vote of confidence makes it very clear to recruits that our program has the full backing of our university, which is vital to our long-term success.”

Whittingham began his Utah career as the defensive line coach in 1994. He was promoted to head coach on Dec. 8, 2004 to replace Urban Meyer, who left to coach Florida.

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