Whittingham’s legacy grows with second straight Pac-12 title

Whittingham’s legacy grows with second straight Pac-12 title

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utah’s Kyle Whittingham doesn’t care what conversation he’s in when it comes to the talk of today’s top college football coaches.

But after his Utes dismantled Southern California hopeful 47-24 in the College Football Playoff on Friday night in the Pac-12 Championship Game, it may be time to put his name next to the considered the greats of today.

“I don’t know why he’s not. Like, back-to-back Pac-12 championships, come on now, he’s been here too long for people not to talk about him,” Utah running back Ja’Quinden Jackson said. “One of the best coaches I’ve had. It’s time.”

Utah, which was playing for its fourth Pac-12 championship in the past five seasons, is bowl eligible for the 14th time under Whittingham, the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 and second-longest in the FBS.

“It’s an anomaly to be in a school while I have, that doesn’t happen in this day and age,” Whittingham said. “I’m very grateful and blessed to have been at the University of Utah for as long as I have … nearly 30 years as an assistant coach and head coach. Most coaches in that span of time have been in 10 or 12 different places, so I feel very lucky.”

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