Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham walks on the field prior to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
At the Rose Bowl last January, University of Utah director of athletics Mark Harlan and his son, Austin, purposefully walked out on the football field in Pasadena, California, well before pregame warmups began so they could watch Kyle Whittingham walk out for the first time and see the look on the head coach’s face.
They were not disappointed.
“I wanted to see Kyle’s face, because I figured it would be interesting. It was a cool moment,” Harlan said last week, a day after an amendment to Whittingham’s contract came to light. Whittingham received a significant pay raise, which the four-year athletic director said was well-deserved, both in a statement to the media and to the Deseret News in a lengthy interview on June 15.
“I happen to think he is at the very best of what he does. I tend to not think too far into the future. … Not having Kyle (Whittingham) here is not something that enters my mind too much.” — Utah athletic director Mark Harlan
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