Report: Morgan Scalley Receives Significant Raise In Contract Update

Sep 23, 2022, 12:36 PM | Updated: 12:51 pm
Morgan Scalley - Utah Utes...
Utah Defensive Coordinator/Safeties coach Morgan Scalley walks around the field prior to Utah and UCLA playing a college football game in Salt Lake City at Rice Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Courtesy of Deseret News.

SALT LAKE CITY –  According to a report from ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley’s received another significant contract upgrade.

Over the next three years Scalley is set to receive $1.4 million making him one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the Pac-12.

The contract also includes a $4.2 million buyout if head coach Kyle Whittingham is replaced and Scalley is not retained as the defensive coordinator.

The updated contract still does not include a “coach-in-waiting” title for Scalley which he lost in 2020 after it was discovered he used a racial slur to a recruit in 2013. A private, third party firm investigated the situation in 2020 interviewing 35 people who reported being surprised by the text while also reporting having a good relationship with Scalley.


Utah’s Defensive Stats In 2022

Scalley has largely been regarded as one of the best defensive minds in all of college football. Between having an ability to help find and coach up under-the-radar talent like linebacker Devin Lloyd or safety Julian Blackmon, to putting forward an overall nasty defensive unit year-in and year-out, there are few that do it better than Scalley.

2022 appears to be no different for the Utes despite the less than impressive start against Florida where Utah missed 27 tackles- nearly triple their usual average. Despite that game, Utah currently ranks second in the country in pass defense with opponents only averaging 90 yards per game. They are also 24th in the country in scoring defense with 14.3 points per game allowed.

In the Pac-12, Utah’s defense is dominating, leading the conference in passing defense (90 yards per game), team passing efficiency defense (80.85 yards per game) and total defense (236.3 yards per game).

Utah’s defense will face their next test on Saturday starting Pac-12 play against Arizona State. The game will take place at Sun Devil Stadium at 8:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.


  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Jonathan Smith - Oregon State vs. USC...
Michelle Bodkin

Oregon State Has Pieces To Give #12 Utah A Good Fight

Oregon State has the pieces to give #12 Utah a good fight if they are allowed to.
1 day ago
Lynne Roberts - Utah Utes vs. Washington...
Michelle Bodkin

Lynne Roberts Excited To Celebrate Title IX With Utah Football

Utah football will be doing their part to honor their female counterparts during Saturday's game against Oregon State and head women's basketball coach Lynne Roberts is excited about what the opportunity means for the continued advancement of Title IX in the future.
1 day ago
Joe Reedy

Pac-12’s Northern Schools Still Factor Into Title Game Chase

The starts by the four Pacific Northwest schools would have had all the hallmarks of an exciting race in the Pac-12 North Division.
1 day ago
Tavion Thomas - Utah Utes - Oregon State Beavers...
Michelle Bodkin

Three Things To Watch: Oregon State Vs. #12 Utah

Both teams will be coming into game time with something to prove. Here are three things to watch Saturday afternoon between the #12 Utes and the Beavers.
1 day ago
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Michelle Bodkin

Who Could Replace Brant Kuithe’s Production For Utah?

Loosing a player like tight end Brant Kuithe for the season is not ideal for the Utes, but it's also not the end of the world.
1 day ago
Ben Anderson

BIG-PAC Power Poll Week Four: Utah And BYU Neck And Neck

We've arrived at week five of the college football season, and the first four weeks have seen a radical reshuffling of the BIG-PAC Power Poll
2 days ago
Report: Morgan Scalley Receives Significant Raise In Contract Update