Impressed with Coach Whittingham.... I think he has many attributes of LaVell
Edwards, and of course his dad.I was pleased that the Utes did well
in the Sugar Bowl, that they represented the State of Utah and the MWC well, and
that Coach Whittingham (unlike Urban), keeps the rivalry respectful.Go Cougs!
What a truly classy coach, father, and husband. Thanks Coach Whitt for winning
with class and doing our school and state proud.
Doug is a good writer and Kyle a good coach. Two goods like that equal a great
story in my opinion.
Great article on Coach Whittingham, his family and his approach to a difficult
The Utes football team is a reflection of this good man in the players
discipline and approach to the game. Utah is very fortunate to have a coach of
this character to head its program. Kyle's attitude, discipline, and character
will be manefested on the field among his players for many seasons to come. I
am proud to be an alum and would feel fortunate, indeed, to have one of my sons,
or grandsons, play for this man. GO UTES!
BYU fan and graduate and that was a great article to read. THanks!!
Kyle is a wonderful example of a True Ute.
Well, it isn't hard to be impressed with Kyle. Nice article. I love Bronco
too, they both have found their niche and are doing a spectacular job. Go
In 1984 Kyle was an assistant high school coach at Timpview. He was a class act
then, and he's a class act now.
Lucky for Ute fans, that Al Davis didn't offer Kyle the Head Coach position for
I love the old 80's pics...those were some nasty uniforms back then!! And I
couldn't help but notice the caption on one of the pictures read "Kyle
After reading this article, I wish we could trade coaches. He is a real class
Kyle will admit he got most of his coaching style from his mentor Lavell Edwards
while he was a COUG at BYU. Yes, the attributes of BYU has rubbed off on a most
impressive husband, father and spectaular coach.Hum, how can the UTES
Great story. Well done by the writer and well done by Whittingham to let the
D-News get to interview him for that long. Much better than your typical run of
the meal sports article. Great job.
Kyle is the perfect example of a strong, high-profile LDS member leading purely
by example. It is interesting that Coach Whit and many of his players regularly
do firesides like Mendenhall and the Cougars and he is a temple attending member
- but he speaks and comes across as a normal person. I think in the end, this
may draw more to the Church than others who have to talk about the Church in
what seems to be every comment (Bronco, Collie, etc). There is a realness about
Whit that at times seems to be missing in the Cougs.
I was sorry to lose Kyle to Utah, he's BYU family. But it's worked out well,
both teams have great coaches. Must be tough on those anti-Mormon, anti-BYU ute
fans to have an active LDS/BYU player for a Head Coach, several LDS/BYU
assistants and over 50 returned missionary players! People really ought to wise
up and realize there is very little difference in Utah and BYU. Rivalry is
great but the nastiness is inappropriate.
Like many successful men, he's got a great wife. This article is a fine piece
of writing. Kyle is more than just a football coach. He's a wonderful example
to his players, the school and everyone in Utah. Us BYU fans are very proud of
him, although we do hate to lose to the utes. We'll get them this year!
Coach Whit is da MAN! The Utes' success last year wasn't by accident - Whit
deserves every accolade he's gotten. GO UTES!
Thou almost persuadest me to be a Ute fan. I guess now I can get over that
Wyoming mistake and move on with life. Go Kyle and Go Cougars!
I remember Kyle's father Fred quite well. I have thought many times how proud he
must be of Kyle and how he has dealt with good times and bad times. Fred was a
great defensive coach and really deserves a great deal of credit for BYU's
success. I also remember Doug Scovil who most BYU fans have never heard of but
who really built the offense that BYU lived off of for so many years. I was very
pleased four years ago when Kyle decided to stay with Utah and chose to look to
the future rather than trying to recreate the past.
Good man ... good example. I appreciate him striving for balance -- faith,
family and football.
It doesn't help either program to constantly re-hash the perceptions you can't
let go of and feed the nastiness.
Coach W. is as good an example of a role model as you could ask for. If ESPN
would cover stories like this one, instead of T. O., M. Vick and others to
numerous to mention, think of the young people they could influence. Good luck
to the Coach and the Ute program. They both make me proud to be from Utah.
"Kyle will admit he got most of his coaching style from his mentor Lavell"You might want to re-read this article. Lavell was noted as was Urban
Myer and a host of others. A weighting as to the amount of influence from this
person or that person was not provided. Whittingham is a class act, an
attribute that cannot be taught. It is who he is.
"Must be tough on those anti-Mormon, anti-BYU ute fans to have an active LDS/BYU
player for a Head Coach,"No more difficult than it is for many BYU
faithful who have had to come to grips with the fact that Coach Wittingham would
rather beat BYU than work for them.
Did we mention he is active LDS? Hence the blessings of professional success.
I believe Austin Collie put it best when he said "When you're living right, on
and off the field, magic happens." Thanks for this week's spotlight!
I bet you are right. The Yewts have had two good seasons in the last 20 years
because they have BYU coaches who learned how to win at BYU. I think
the lovefest for Kyle is rediculous. He isn't as good of a coach as Bronco.
Here's proof. Who has more OCCs? Bronco. Who has more 10 win seasons?
Bronco. Who inherited a program that was down and turned it toward greatness?
Bronco. On the other hand Kyle hasn't won as many games, has fewer OCCs and
won't be as lucky next year as he was this year. I really wish I
could find one Yewt fan that would admit this season was luck and good
scheduling. Yewtah should have lost at least four games this year. Can't Yewt
fans admit that they didn't really beat OSU, TCU and BYU? Bronco's
strong returning squad will once again win the OCC while I see Yewtah loosing at
least five games. Then we'll see who is the better coach.
Looking forward to tomorrow's story.Go Utes!
It's amazing how well the coaching reloads turned out at the U and the Y.
Wittingham made an agonized but great decision that has worked out well for him,
his family and, of course, the Utah football team. BYU licked its wounds and
hired Mendenhall, who turned out to be a great fit at BYU. Both have been
eminently successful. There is no need for either institution or either coach to
have regrets.Which brings us to a certain pathetic class of fickle
fans who ride one or the other bandwagon depending on which program has inched a
bit ahead. When BYU finishes 11-2 and the Utes 8-5 the sentiment is, "wow, glad
we didn't get stuck with Wittingam; Bronco is King." When Utah finishes 13-0 and
BYU 10-3, we get, "wish we could trade coaches."My wish is that BYU
could lose all such short-sighted fans. To complement having a consistent
program based on organizational and football principles, fans of comensurate
quality are needed.
Coach Whittingham is doing so much good in so many ways. Thanks coach, for
staying with the program and for being the kind of person that others can
follow.A glimpse into Coach Whittingham's life and equally strong
and supportive family. Terrific article. Thanks DN.
As a BYU fan, looks like coach Whitt has found a way to keep family, religion
and the other priorities the same as football and not have football 5th on the
list. This is why Utah goes to the Sugar Bowl and we are happy with 10-3
seasons against decent teams. I am afraid that as the conference gets stronger
that our success will fall. We didn't win the National Championship this way
and now were are losing recruits to other schools, even Utah, when are we going
to change our ways and get back to having the national respect that we once had?
If Kyle can lean from Lavell, why can't Bronco?
The reason there is nastiness is because of posts like your. Self righteousnes
interjected in a subtle way, trying to appear nice, when you are really just
trying to claim superiority in one area or another. Non-Mormon people in Utah
speak of these kinds of attitudes more than any other in explaining their own
prejudices. In other words, you create the inappropriate.
But is he worthy of us, like Brocno?
Excellent coverage of a real person with the capacity to inspire others.
Thanks.It's hard to believe that some people simply cannot resist
the urge to do the rivalry shenanigans, even in February. Give it up. Take a
break. Move on.Best of luck to all Utah football schools in the
Great article about a classy guy! Every year I want the Utes and the Cougs to
meet with identical 11=0 records. I was ecstatic that he Utes beat Alabama. I
love the rivalry but abhor the nastiness. I also like the fact that the success
of both programs makes it tough for Utah/LDS players to decide where to play.
Both schools have great coaches. Thanks Bronco and Coach Whit for being who you
"Excellent Article".... Never mistake activity for achievement. The difference
between a quest for perfection and actual perfection is what separates these two
programs. If you could only beat the likes of Tulsa and Boston College you
might be able to understand!
Well Stated AZ Coug. I remember Kyle as a player and though it is hard to see
him wearing red on the sideline you have to admire what he has accomplished on
and off the field. Excellent article and I look forward to the follow-up
installments. By the way there are many of us BYU faithfull who know exactly who
"light up the score board" Scovil was....
Plain and simply stated: The difference between Bronco and Kyle is equal to the
difference between the Vegas Bowl compared to the Sugar Bowl. Eat your heart
@ 9:56 am Feb 15. Let it be known who threw down the gauntlet first
in the "nastiness" between the fans of the two teams. You claim that "the
nastiness is inappropriate." Well you continue the nastiness here first by
comenting on how much "it must hurt the anti-mormon Ute fans that their coaches
are LDS." Guess what? It doesn't hurt AT ALL. We love our coaches
and just decide not to judge them by their religion. We don't dilike the BYU
fans that are like you because of your religion either. Its because of your
"holier than thou" attitude perfectly displayed by your post. Seriously, drop
the attitude, this isn't about religion.I wish both teams much
success and Thank You to all the great people around the Utah program:
administration, coaches, players, trainers, maintenence crews, boosters, and
" bet you are right. The Yewts have had two good seasons in the last 20 years
because they have BYU coaches who learned how to win at BYU."Utah
has had four MWC Championships and has been invited to eight bowl games (winning
ALL of them) during the first 10 years of the Mountain West Conference. They
were invited to four bowl games and won a conference championship during the
last seven years of the WAC. Of the five conference championships, only one was
under Wittingham, while two were under McBride and the other two under Meyer.FYI, Norm Chow was a 1st team all WAC player from the University of
Utah. Norm was the Offensive Coordinator under Coach Edwards for 23 years and
was the brains behind BYU's high flying offense during the BYU glory days. Oh, another bit of information for you. Coach Wittingham won two coach
of the year awards this past season for being the best coach in America.Bronco and Kyle are both very fine coaches. This article was written to
praise Coach Wittingham as an all around great man. This isn't the time or
place to show your disrespect.Go Kyle!
"I really wish I could find one Yewt fan that would admit this season was luck
and good scheduling. Yewtah should have lost at least four games this year.
Can't Yewt fans admit that they didn't really beat OSU, TCU and BYU?"Good scheduling???... You are right, we should have scheduled Washington,
Northern Iowa and UCLA instead of Michigan, Oregon St and Weber st. haha, good
point bud. Utah had a much stronger SOS than BYU did and STILL finished 13-0.
You guys are the ones that had the easy schedule. And correct me if Im wrong but
wasnt it conference losses you had??? the same teams we play??? And as for
luck, the TCU game took some luck, Ill admit that, but how do you say Utah
really didnt beat BYU??? 48-24 is taking you to the woodshed. So technically you
are right, we didnt beat you, we dismantled you!
I'm a BYU fan plain and simple. But, I pull for all the Utah school's when they
are not playing the coug's. The Utah Utes had a dream season and capped it off
with a gun and run, no huddle, rampage against one of the more storied college
football programs of all times the Alabama Crimson Tide. They were ready from
the get go and Alabama could not keep up! Congrats to Kyle and his staff in how
they prepared for this game. While watching all I could say was woooooooow.
The Tide were totally out classed. From reading the story by Doug, Kyle, with
all that was going on at that time, with such a hard choice to make and being
torn on two sides, tuned in the one person who could give him the answer needed.
His Father in heaven. And by following that feeling he went where he was
needed not where he was being pushed (BYU). Coach Kyle Whittingham, I salute
Kyle has been a fabulous coach and mentor. Congrats to the Utes. I do sense some
jealousy from some overzealous Y fans in some of these posts. Every undefeated
season has a touch of luck and mystique and Utah's season was no different. If
BYU goes undefeated in the future, the same will hold true.I can't
wait for this year's game. Don't count Bronco out. He know's what he's doing
too. Go Cougs!
I'm a huge fan of the Utes and coach Whit. But I'm grateful for the vast
majority of BYU fans who have shown great class in their comments.
Very good article; it is refreshing to read a quality piece of writing by a good
journalist. Kudos to Doug Robinson and the Deseret News. The other paper in town
seems to revel in a negative and manipulative approach in covering this coach
and the Utah football program. Their loss and their problem I suppose, as I am
sure Whittingham would not be nearly as open and candid with them as a
result.Because of the circumstances surrounding their hiring, outlined
well in this article, it is inevitable that Whittingham and Mendenhall will be
compared, and their success measured against the other. Personally, I get more
of a kick out of how Whittingham totally outcoached $4 million coach Nick Saban,
and how he is a person who is truly generous and caring about his players, his
family, and those he can influence because of his position. By all accounts
Saban is difficult, contemptous and arrogant in his approach to many people. I
don't see any of his success going to Kyle's head, rather, it just provides him
with more opportunities to make people who look up to him know that he is more
like them than not.
Not a big D news fan, but this is one of the best football articles I've read in
a long time. Go Utes!
Coach my hat off. Good man and a good example. I grew up red and went blue but
still very red. I know there is some blue in you too. Was there when you ere
there. Great season to the Utes and wish the best to both next year.
May the best team win.
Parcells is fond of saying that you are who your record is. You either win or
you don't. BYU didn't win (and they didn't lose with class).
To all of you ute fans who wanted Kyle's head on a platter just a year ago
...Where are you now? You know who you are....Kyle is where he wants to
be..Bronco is where he wants to be...Bronco 2 Kyle 1. This will be a fun next 10
I also get a kick out of recruiting rankings. BYU has had a higher rated
recruiting class each of the past 4 years so apparently Coach Whit and his staff
are outcoaching the Y's staff. He is obviously doing more with less, right??
That changed this year of course and most certainly will again next year because
of the early committment trend. Look out Cougs. This guy starts beating you
with young talent and it's going to be a long couple of decades trying to
compete with your hated rival.
RE: Excellent ArticleNot really an "excellent article", but
excellent trolling. It is hilarious to me when fans from either side still fall
for trolls. Yewt fans, shake yourselves and recognize the obvious. I know
you'd like to think BYU fans are just that self-righteous, but c'mon...
really???Nice article. Great coach and great guy. Go Cougs!
Kyle is a great person and a great coach. It's nice to hear that he had a real
difficult time in deciding between coaching at BYU and Utah. He did what was
best for his family... even though I know it was difficult for his brothers that
all played at BYU.It's been just as difficult for me to pull for the
Utes, but I've come around to it. I love the rivalry. I'm still a true blue
cougar fan. However, it's nice to keep the focus in the State of Utah. I can
easily pull for the Utes (or any other MWC team) when they play against a BCS
school.It's so cool to hear that Whit is so "grounded." He hasn't
let the media attention go to his head, he hasn't let the big contract
drastically change his lifestyle or his values, and he still invests in what is
important to him... family, friends, and church. Urban was a good coach... but
never a Ute. He used the program as a "stepping stone." Whit has a lot of time
invested in Utah.
that wasn't calling for Kyle's head on a platter. (many more weren't either)
.I abhor the revolving door mentality that permeates college and
professional sports today. Jerry Sloan is, and Lavell was, dinosaurs in this
regard - and I hope KW is the same: both in that he is given the opportunity to
develop a program over many years, and resists the siren's call to more money
and prestige. Lavell did amaZing things at BYU; Sloan has for the
Jazz, and I hope KW is right up there. Everytime my teams hire a
coach, I stick with them - unless they are breaking the law or injuring players:
give them a chance to grow and develop!
I don't think anyone can decide yet who is a better coach. Bronco has been solid
since the get-go. Cougars ended the season poorly thought. Kyle did an
unbelievable job this year that is an amazing standard. He got the team hot at
the end of '07. He struggled before that. To be honest, both are good men and
great coaches and probably the best fit for the programs they work at. I do think there are too many bandwagon fans on both sides. All of a sudden
Cougars fans want bronco's job after a disappointing but still good season? He's
got two conference titles. The same can be said for ute fans last year. It's a
joke...appreciate what you both have and leave at that. Time will tell.
Whit is a great coach and example. Utah is honored to have him, and Bronco is a
fantastic person and coach also. We in Utah couldn't be more lucky to have what
I'm glad my dad is still being remember and had such a great friend as Kyle! I'm
at BYU and i absolutely Love hearing stories about them! Feel free to e-mail me
with any other memories of my dad! ~Jerica
Great Article!! Great Coach!!! Great Family!!! I think in the future you will
see more and more top LDS recruits go to Utah than bYu. I am LDS and I can tell
you 20 years ago if I was offered a scholy from byu and Utah, I would go to bYu
in a heartbeat. Now the tables have turned (evident by this years recruiting
class, and the fact that Utah has FIFTY return missonaries on its team), there
is no way I turn down Utah to go to bYu!! Thanks to kyle and his character you
will see more conference championships, higher profile recruits, more national
attention, better facilities (yes zoobs you will see anothe stadium expansion
within the next 10 years), and last but definetly not least at least one BCS
birth every 5 years. Thanks for chosing the red kyle. We love you, you are a
true UTAH MAN!!GO UTES!!
Scout has BYU ranked higher this year with it's recruiting class and Rival has
Utah ranked higher. I usually follow Rival because of it's ties to Yahoo.
Rival has had the Utes with the better class 6 out of the last 7 years.
I think the Ute comments to which you refer, what few there were, stopped
occurring about the same time BYU fans stopped making their snide remarks...when
Whittingham's strategy began paying big dividends.Personally, I
would never...EVER...bet against a Whittingham coached team. That said, I would
love to see Whitingham's Utes play Myer's Gators some time down the road. What
a story that would make!
I think Kyle has definitely shown his mettle against Bronco. I just wish Kyle
would coach our team this year. We really need him against Oklahoma and Florida
State. Kyle wins big games and Bronco can't seem to find a way.
Hey, it has been said before.....but as a BYU fan I applaud Coach Whit and all
he has done. Yea, we get caught up in the rivalry which makes it fun. The
schools compete for conference titles, recruits, bragging rights etc. But away
from all that and deep down I think we all share the common theme: I think it
is well know that Whitt is a master at what he does and is a great person.
Congrats Coach and way to bring more respect and bragging rights to the MWC.
You deserve all that you receive because of your hard work, intelligence and
desire to be the best.
Please take your attitude and root for some other University. True BYU fans try
to have class regardless of the circumstances. Your lack thereof is a disgrace
to what the University stands for....and frankly what your obviously beloved
Coach Mendenhall promotes....Take a page from Bronco's book and acknowledge the
good and leave the bad to someone else...
I clicked on the Sports/BYU links and what do I get? An article about utah's
football coach. Hey DNews do you guys know he's no longer part of
BYU's football program and hasn't been for a long time now? How about putting
this article (and part 2) only under the utes' section? Or are you also going to
start putting articles about Bronco in the utes' section?
MWC Championships: Bronco 2 Kyle 1Coaching record: Bronco 38-13 Kyle
37-14Top 25 finishes: Bronco 3 Kyle 1BYU is the most prestigious
non-BCS program and the only top 25 program in the MWC. utah is #3 in MWC.Thanks Kyle for not accepting the BYU Head Football Coach position. We
got a better coach for BYU and definitely a better person.
Great article! I love Kyle's style & example and hope he wants to just settle in
at the U & doesn't let $$ draw him away from the other stuff he loves so much
about being where he's at. I also love Bronco being at the Y.I have been a
Ute fan all my life. My dad was always a die-hard Cougar. I'm one of those that
loves the rivalry, and wants both teams to represent themselves well. If one is
too dominant, the conference suffers (i.e. bo-diddly-tech, circa-1984). Even
through that hard stretch of the 80's (when we in the band used to cheer, "We'd
like to lose by less than 60!"), I loved how the rivalry was bitter, but
friendly & fun!I think it was great this year that among the strong
arguments for the Utes in the BCS were having beaten RANKED teams within the MWC
- both BYU & TCU. I will always root for Cougs (or Frogs, or Lobos, or any MWC
school)... as long as it's not against my Utes! MWC deserves an auto-bid to the
BCS! (or better, to help abolish the monopolistic organization).
"Kyle is still #2"... BCS Bowl Championships: Kyle 2 Bronco 0!Your
argument is the same they make for Stockton, Malone, and the Jazz of old. "The
best team that never got there." The Utes have "gotten there", twice!That's all that matters.
"Quests for Perfection"Bronco 1Kyle 0Acheived
PerfectionBronco 0Kyle 1Coach of the Year AwardsBronco 0Kyle 2BCS Bowl Championship RingsBronco 0Kyle 2Games where an LDS Leader was honored by wearing a decal on
the helpmet and a scholarship funds was set up honoring their name (Joseph B
Wirthlin)Bronco 0Kyle 1Press conferences where we can
understand what the coach is sayingBronco 0Kyle 51Scriptures used in the press conferenceBronco 1Kyle 0Amount of other teams fans who wish they had your coachUtah 0BYU
well, more than zero.
Who has the most bowl wins--Coach Kyle Who took his team undefeated
13-0 Who turned down BYU because, " it didn't feel right" - Coach Kyle Which team has beaten more BCS teams in the nation during the last ten years
..? Utah Who is number 2 in the nation... Utah Who recieved 2 of
the 3 National coach of the years Awards..Coach Kyle Utah who beat Alabama
and the A.P. Coach of the year? Coach Kyle Which school poured about
350,000- 400,000 dollars into the BYU coffers by winning the Sugar Bowl ? --
Who cares about BYU losing to an also ran, field horse in the Vegas bowl.. The
MWC! Then there is that black eye Bronco dealt the conference by holding and
having only 6 of the allotted 15 practices given to them by the Lost Wages bowl
Committee Who held a fireside instead of a pep rally in Las Vegas--
Bronco Who can only muster two half baked bowl wins in a row instead
of the nations leader at 8, yes 8 ( eight )Utah. Excellent article yes ..
observation by another blind blue blood .. in spades. What a knot head and poor
writer... just go away if you have nothing to say but cliches and homerisms
about BYU. This article series is well written and in depth but in no way
about the boys of Utah County , or Lavell .. the article is about the coach of
the year and his father, or did your stupor of thought supersede what,s in your
mind and in your heart.
Work on Bronco and lay off the best coach in the nation ..considered so by
others in the coaching profession and not by some bits of worthless prattle by
you happen to dream up in that blind stupor of yours. Just take your
medicine and be a good booy .. go back to dreamland and wake up next season when
you might have something worthwhile to spout off about..
A sad and immature post given the subject article and all the well wishers, Utah
and BYU fans alike.Do your parents know you are using their
computer?This article and series is a home run, DN.
You list all (only 4) accomplishments of your beloved BYU under the Mendenhall
era. And as much as you won't admit it you would eagerly give all 4 of those
accomplishments up to have played like Utah in the Sugar Bowl. You just can't
deal with the success of this years Utes. Some years the individual game
results will be different and that is what makes the rivalry great, but when
looking at your list of accomplishments, I would be too critical of coach Whitt
nor boast too much about Coach Bronco.
Last line should read "wouldn't be too critical of Coach Whitt." My error!
I'd like to thank all the immature Ute fans for using this fine human interest
story to embarrass themselves with their inferiority complex. I love it!
Nice article, good coach, boorish Utah fans.
I am convinced that the MWC has three of the best coaches in the nation with
Kyle Whittingham, Bronco Mendenhall and Gary Patterson. This article proves
what a great coach and person Kyle Whittingham is. Hopefully all
three coaches will stay put for a few years and an eventual automatic BCS birth
for the MWC may become a reality. Honestly, look at our conference champion vs.
the Big East conference champion over the past few years.
I love how you "two" people call Utah fans borrish and having an inferiority
complex. Makes me laugh. You're on an aritcle about a Utah coach. Who has an
inferiority complex? You posted with the name of one of the worste serial
killers in our nation's history. You had BYU fans posting articles titled
"Kyle's still #2" and let's not forget the "Excellent Article" post. Who's
borrish? Get a life! Coach Whit is a great guy and I learned a lot
about him in this article. Coach Mendenhall is also a great coach but needs to
learn to light a fire under his players for the games.
Kyle is a class act. So is Bronco. Both have excellent football programs. I
rank them both as #1 coaches and #1 individuals. The only place where you can
legitimately place Kyle as #2 is in the final polls for the 2008 football season
- and that thing is a farce!I'm a huge fan of BYU athletics. But,
I'm also a huge fan of classy individuals - Kyle is right there at the top (as
is Bronco.) I love it when both coaches bring their best to play eachother in
the annual football rivalry. Both coaches have their priorities in the right
place... and neither will tell you that football is at the top of that list.As far as football priorities go... I think they both have the same
goals in mind - 1st to win the MWC championship... anything beyond that is over
achieving by their teams.
I LOVE all these tdS fans patting themselves on the backs for the
accomplishments of OTHERS! Like the self-congratulatory affirmation for being a
university that produced Coach Whittingham, while Utah's former players have
done nothing within the coaching ranks in Provo [albeit we'll have to
pretend Norm Chow was never born], but fail to acknowledge that the tdS
THEMSELVES couldn't do what's been done on the Hill. Twice!GO
I am a life long BYU fan, but I have a great deal of respect for what Utah has
achieved this decade. They have definitely out-shined BYU. And Wittingham is a
class act. Like many Cougar faithful, I have no problem at all rooting for Utah
when they are not playing BYU (something that I think a much smaller percentage
of Utah fans do). In deed, the only thing that makes it hard for me to root for
Utah is the behavior of many fans. I attended the BYU / Utah game this year with
my 8 year old son and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. We were
treated horribly by Ute fans, enduring constant profanity and religious slurs
from the parking lot to the stadium and back again. After reading this article
and learning what a faithful LDS member Coach Whitt is, as well as many Ute
athletes, I find this behavior from some of the fans extremely ironic. I will
continue to support Utah (except for one game a year), but I will never attend
another game at RES.
A huge thanks for a great article. As a huge UTEfan, I was shocked the
News would do such a greatarticle about an incredible coach; article with
sufficient depth to reflect the character, integrity, and quality of the
man. Thank you Dougfor writing about the sincere and positive influences
of Kyle. By far the best put togetherarticle I have ever seen in the
... cheered for Utah in the Sugar Bowl!It is great to see a BYU alum
have such great success!Go cougs!!