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Kyle Whittingham Named Finalist For Dodd Trophy

Dec 10, 2019, 4:51 PM
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham pumps his fist after beating the Washington Huskies in Seattle on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Utah won 33-28. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Utes head football coach Kyle Whittingham has been named a finalist for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award, given to the top head coach in college football.

Whittingham joins P.J. Fleck from Minnesota, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, Matt Rhule from Baylor and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.

“We couldn’t have assembled a more deserving group of coaches to be honored for this award during the sport’s 150th anniversary season,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Each of these coaches have left a significant mark on their respective programs, and communities.”

Whittingham led the Utes to an 11-2 record and their second straight trip to the Pac-12 Championship game. The 15-year Utah head coach has compiled a 131-63 record at Utah and has an 11-2 record in bowl games, which is the second highest win percentage in NCAA history. He was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

The Utes will face Texas in the Alamo Bowl on December 31. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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