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Arizona State interested in Whittingham

Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 4:06 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Arizona State's search to replace Dennis Erickson has been an interesting one to follow. The school was originally in talks with, and made an offer to, Kevin Sumlin before those fell apart and Sumlin eventually ended up with Texas A&M. Then there was June Jones, who was actually being reported as the school's new head coach, but that deal fell apart at the last second as well.

So now Arizona State remains without a head coach while its conference mates like Washington State and Arizona have made big splash hires with Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez. So where are the Sun Devils turning their attention to now?

Multiple reports have the school being interested in Utah's Kyle Whittingham. The Arizona Republic confirmed the interest on Monday.

Whittingham has been at Utah since 1994, moving up the ranks to become head coach in 2005 after some guy named Urban Meyer left to take a job at Florida. The Utes are 65-25 under Whittingham, including a 13-0 season in 2008 that ended with a 31-17 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. However, Utah went 7-5 in its first season as a member of the Pac-12.

Whether Whittingham is interested in leaving Utah for Arizona State is a big question as well. He signed a 5-year contract worth $6 million following that Sugar Bowl victory, and still has two years left on the deal. So unless Arizona State is willing to offer a significant raise, I'm just not sure Arizona State is even much of a step up the coaching ladder for Whittingham, especially considering the history he has with the Utah program.
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Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Arizona State interested in Whittingham

Read an article today in the deseret news that stated that he has renegotiated his contract at Utah, and added another year to it, for 2 million a year from 1.7 million a year. You don't sign for more money when you think you are leaving.



Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Arizona State interested in Whittingham

I personally think that he won't do it, but the only way Whittingless leaves the Utes is for more money.  Utah does have a history of coaches that sell out for bigger programs when they win at Utah *cough* Meyer *cough*, but ASU is no Florida.

I don't think the University of Utah has the money to pay Whittingham anywhere close to what ASU could, but IMO, I think he'll stay for less money. 



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Arizona State interested in Whittingham

How many times does a coach in good standing jump up and take a job at a school thats football program is worse than the one he is coaching. It wouldn't make any sense. Not going to happen!!!



Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Arizona State interested in Whittingham

Why would he leave a decent Pac12 team for a crappy one.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Arizona State interested in Whittingham

Sorry, Kyle Whittingham isn't leaving, he is the face of Utah Ute football.......nuff' said.Cool



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Arizona State interested in Whittingham

How much would Arizona State be willing to pay Whittiingam? The big question is would Whittingham be wiling to give up his current coaching job to go to another PAC-12 school. What would be the benefit to him? he has players to play his system at Utah.  So they has a down year, this will not be a constant recurrence.

Over the years he has proven to be a very good coach, annilating Alabama, you know the conference that can not be beaten, Lil Utah beat then.

"ONE MAN'S OPINION" 



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Arizona State interested in Whittingham

Do some research please. KWhitt is renegotiating his contract at Utah. If he's talking to other teams, it's purely for leverage. He's gonna make $2M+ at Utah.


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