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Utah coach Kyle Whittingham agrees to four-year extension

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Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham has agreed to a four-year contract extension, the school announced Friday. Whittingham will earn $2.6 million this year and will receive a $100,000 raise in each subsequent year. 

Whittingham has been the head coach at Utah since 2005, when he took over for Urban Meyer. He had been the defensive coordinator for the Utes since 1995. 

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"We appreciate the confidence and commitment the University of Utah has shown our program. We have a talented team returning for the 2015 season and we're excited about the future of Utah football," Whittingham said in a statement. "The number one priority right now is finishing up another outstanding recruiting class."

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In 11 seasons, Whittingham is 85-43 and has led his teams to nine bowl appearances. After consecutive 5-7 seasons in 2012 and 2013, Utah went 9-4 this season and beat Colorado State, 45-10, in the Las Vegas Bowl. 

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