Utah and BYU Offer Coaching Job to Whittingham

Utah and BYU Offer Coaching Job to Whittingham

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham is deciding whether to stay at University of Utah and accept its head coaching job or take a rival offer from Brigham Young University.

Both Utah schools are offering Whittingham the coaching position, newspaper reports said today.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Utah is offering Whittingham 500 thousand dollars a year.

The Deseret News said B-Y-U rushed Whittingham into a meeting yesterday with an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the school.

The 45-year-old Whittingham would replace Gary Crowton, who was forced out last week after three consecutive losing seasons for the Cougars.

If he takes the Utah job, Whittingham would replace outgoing coach Urban Meyer, who was scheduled to be introduced as Florida's coach at a news conference in Gainesville today.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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