Details of Utes Coach Kyle Whittingham's new, $4 million-plus contract revealed


    2News has obtained a copy of Whittingham’s new five-year contract through an open records request. It shows he will earn a little over $4.1 million, plus bonuses, and will also receive $200,000 salary increases each year. (Photo: KUTV FILE)

    The University of Utah football team played in the Pac12 Championship Game for the first time last fall and Head Coach Kyle Whittingham will be handsomely rewarded.

    2News has obtained a copy of Whittingham’s new five-year contract through an open records request. It shows he will earn a little over $4.1 million, plus bonuses, and will also receive $200,000 salary increases each year.

    Utah NCAA college football coach Kyle Whittingham speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines have been one of the biggest storylines headed into the 2015 college football season season, but Utah is the actual favorite in the season opener. The Utes have felt like an afterthought and are eager to prove otherwise. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Whittingham’s compensation starts with a $1.3 million base salary and $150,000 annual raises.

    He will also receive $1,105,000 in compensation from radio and TV revenue with $50,000 annual raises. Whittingham received $1.3 million in additional compensation for public speaking, appearances, and fundraising activities. Whittingham also gets $462,917 in compensation from the school’s all sports outfitter agreement with Under Armour.

    Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham looks on in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game against Oregon State, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    There are also bonuses built into the new five-year contract:

    1. Whittingham receives $400,000 if the Utes play in a New Year’s 6 bowl game and two months of additional salary for an appearance in any other bowl game.
    2. Whittingham receives $50,000 if the Utes win the Pac12 South but do not play in the Pac12 title game
    3. $100,000 if they win the Pac12 South and they do play in the Pac12 title game
    4. Whittingham can earn an additional $100,000 if the Utes finish in the Top 25 in the Coaches poll, the AP poll or the College Football Playoff Rankings

    Other perks in the contract include a membership at Salt Lake Country Club, a car, 28 football season tickets, plus a luxury suite and eight basketball season tickets.

    2News has obtained a copy of Whittingham’s new five-year contract through an open records request. It shows he will earn a little over $4.1 million, plus bonuses, and will also receive $200,000 salary increases each year. (Photo: KUTV FILE)

    If he retires from the U, Whittingham will be a special assistant to the Athletics Director for eight years, acting as a consultant and doing fundraising work, and would receive one-eighth of the total compensation he was receiving at the time of retirement.

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