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Whittingham agrees to new 4-year, $11M contract

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham has agreed to a new four-year, $11 million contract Friday, according to the university’s athletics department.

Whittingham’s new agreement extends his current contract by one year through 2018. The university said he will earn $2.6 million in 2015 and will receive an automatic $100,000 each year through 2018 for a total of $11 million.

“We are excited to come to terms on a contract extension for Coach Whitt and under his leadership we’re looking forward to a successful football season next fall and in the years to come,” Hill said in a statement.

Whittingham was under contract through 2017 and was set to make just over $2.4 million in 2015, without incentives or bonuses. Whittingham had a similar clause in his current contract for a $100,000 pay raise each year.

“We appreciate the confidence and commitment the University of Utah has shown our program. We have a talented team returning for the 2015 season and we’re excited about the future of Utah football,” Whittingham said in a statement. “The number one priority right now is finishing up another outstanding recruiting class.”

Following Utah’s bowl win over Colorado State, Utah lost defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake and defensive line coach Ilaisa Tuiaki to Oregon State and offensive coordinator Dave Christensen to Texas A&M. Shortly after their departure, Whittingham was rumored to be weighing options to leave the program.

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