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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.