LAS VEGAS NV - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Kyle Whittingham of the Utah Utes stands on the field during a time-out in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas against the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. Boise State Won 26-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Kyle Whittingham Picks Up Utah Contract Extension, Ending Rumors

Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham will remain Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham, despite reported overtures from elsewhere.

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Kyle Whittingham Contract Extension Forces Penn State, Arizona State To Look Elsewhere

If the Penn St. Nittany Lions and Arizona St. Sun Devils were looking into Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham as a potential coaching replacement, as had been reported, they'll need to keep looking. The Utes had reportedly given Whittingham a contract extension nearly a moon ago, announcing said extension Monday.

"Before Thanksgiving, I offered him an increase in his salary. He did not solicit it and added a year to his contract," [athletic director Chris] Hill said. "We made an amendment to his contract and not some big, long-out thing. So it was a relatively quick situation."

The deal bumps Whittingham's salary to $2 million per year, which would rank him fourth in the Pac-12 according to last year's figures, though that's before big deals for Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez.

Penn State rolls on amid an identity crisis, while ASU perhaps turns to offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.

For more on the parties involved, check out Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Arizona State blog House Of Sparky and Utah blog Block U. Here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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Kyle Whittingham Won't Be Leaving For Arizona State Or Elsewhere, According To Report

Utah Utes coach Kyle Whittingham, the coaching target du jour, is in line for a contract extension, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Whittingham had been a reported subject of interest from both the Penn St. Nittany Lions and Arizona St. Sun Devils over the weekend.

His new deal, according to the report, will pay him around $2 million per year, a raise from his $1.7 million mark (and a full half-mill more than Arizona State was paying Dennis Erickson). The deal's been agreed to for some time now, making the latest rush of rumors all the more fruitless.

In response to the contract news, Utes blog Block U has taken it down a notch to WHITCON 4:

For more on the parties involved, check out Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Arizona State blog House Of Sparky and Utah blog Block U. Here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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Kyle Whittingham Also An Arizona State Coaching Candidate, According To Reports

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham is apparently the next item up for bid. After being connected to the Penn St. Nittany Lions job, he's now also reportedly a target of the Arizona St. Sun Devilsaccording to both Fox Sports Arizona and the Arizona Republic

Those are the only major jobs left vacant at the moment. The ASU gig would seem to be something of a lateral move, though, now that both are Pac-12 schools. This year, Utah paid Whittingham more money than ASU paid Dennis Erickson.

Whittingham has coached with the Utes since 1994, since 2005 as head coach. He's piloted Utah to a 65-25 record in the Mountain West and Pac-12, two BCS bowl wins, eight straight bowl bids, and a near miss of a division title in the program's first Pac-12 season. 

Utes blog Block U was already freaking out a little about the PSU report. Pray they take this news easy. 

For more on the Sun Devils, check out Arizona State blog House Of Sparky and Utah blog Block U. Here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Kyle Whittingham Reportedly Contacted By Nittany Lions

Penn State has reportedly reached out to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham about its head coaching job as the Nittany Lions search for a successor to Joe Paterno. Whittingham, who has been a mainstay at Utah, is reportedly mulling over multiple coaching gigs, though it's unclear how much interest he has in leaving Salt Lake City.

The report comes from CBS and indicates a potential darkhorse in this whole affair.

A source close to Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said he was contacted by Penn State on Saturday about its coaching vacancy. Whittingham still has interest in the Arizona State opening.

Whittingham has seemed to be content with the Utes, and figured to play a big part in his team's transition to the Pac-12. Over at our Utah blog, Block Utah, the mood is mildly concerned, with the status currently set at WHITCON 3.

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For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and SB Nation Pittsburgh, and here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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