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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Kyle Whittingham has become Utah's 20th head football coach after serving the last decade as the Utes' defensive coordinator.
Athletic director Chris Hill says Whittingham has agreed to a six-year contract worth 675-thousand dollars a year.
The 45-year-old Whittingham first joined the Utah staff in 1994 as a defensive line coach and has been Utah's defensive coordinator since 1995. He replaced his dad, Fred, in that role.
During his eleven years at Utah, the program has compiled an 85-and-41 record.
Hill says it was clear to him from the start that Whittingham was the right man for the job.
Whittingham "brings the leadership skills, discipline and knowledge of the game that are essential to a successful program." And Hill says, Whittingham's "relationship with his student-athletes and his genuine concern for their welfare is tremendous."
Whittingham called the job a "great opportunity."
He says the goal at Utah is not going to change. They still want to win the Mountain West Conference championship every year.
And he says, defensively, they won't miss a beat.
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