U of U signs Kyle Whittingham to 3-year extension through 2023 season

    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)

    The University of Utah extended Kyle Whittingham's time as the head football coach for three more years.

    He will now be under contract until 2023.

    According to ESPN, Utah athletic director Mark Harlan announced the deal on Monday.

    He said Whittingham is "one of the top coaches in college football, and extending his contract was a high priority in my first year here."

    Whittingham is the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 Conference. In 2008 Whittingham was awarded with the National Coach of the Year recognition, according to the University of Utah's website.

    Utah went 9-5 this past season and won the Pac-12 South Division. This earned them a sport in the conference title game and a chance to compete at the Holiday Bowl.

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