It was announced today by director of athletics Dr. Chris Hill that the University of Utah and head football coach Kyle Whittingham have agreed to two-year extension on his contract through the 2020 season. The contract extension includes a pay raise for Whittingham. He will now be paid $3.3 million per year.
"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 Hill.
While the relationship between Hill and Whittingham received publicity last offseason, it appears they are past that and are working together for the future. This news comes less than a week before National Signing Day. Recruits like to know that their coach will be around, and Utah has made that clear with this announcement. Whittingham has been Utah's head coach for 11 years and with the program since 1994. In that time, he has amassed a 95-46 record.
"I am grateful for the support and commitment shown by Chris Hill and President Pershing with this contract extension. It gives further stability to our football program and what we are trying to accomplish," said Whittingham. "We are excited about the future here at Utah and the recruiting class we will sign next Wednesday."