I told you it was going to happen just a couple of weeks ago; it was not a matter of if for Kalani Sitake to leave, but a matter of when. However, I did speculate that he'd leave for a head coaching job at a place like a UNLV or CSU, I didn't think he'd make a lateral (at best) move in conference! That's until Gary Andersen accepted the Oregon State job.
Reports surfaced today by various sources that Kalani Sitake will be leaving Utah, and moving to the Pac-12 North to Oregon State, to coach with Gary Andersen. Not only that, but Ilaisa Tuiaki, the defensive end coach for the Utes, appears to be headed up there too. Both coaches were bound to leave at some point, because I believe
With that said, schematically, losing Sitake isn't the biggest loss to the program. This is Kyle Whittingham's defense, and as long as Coach Whitt is here, the defense will do its thing. With that said, who is next in line? Morgan Scalley is the popular name, and one I support.
The biggest loss felt by Utah will be in recruiting.
Gary Andersen attempted to take Sitake with him to Utah State when Andersen left after the 2008 season. Andersen and Sitake go back to their days coaching at Southern Utah together, so they have a very tight bond, and once Andersen moved to Oregon State, I knew that was trouble for keeping Sitake.
Now for Utah, and the Pac-12, the Beavers have instant credibility on defense with Gary Andersen, Kalani Sitake and Ilaisa Tuika all on the same staff.