There is no singular way to make this tier [Tier 1b. Tier 1 has only one coach in it: Sabin], though being at a historic power sure seems to help: These nine coaches work at programs that have claimed a combined 43 national titles. Yes, life can be pretty good at the top — which makes what Fickell and Whittingham have accomplished at their respective schools all the more impressive…
…To put what Whittingham has done in perspective, remember that he took over Utah in 2005, when the program was still in the Mountain West. He not only has taken the Utes to 14 bowl games, but he also has posted seven AP Top 25 finishes — the Utes totaled three ranked finishes before he took over — including a No. 2 mark after beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in 2008.
Whittingham has won 10 or more games six times, and Utah’s three Pac-12 South championships match USC for the most in the soon-to-be-defunct division. It all led to a conference championship and Rose Bowl appearance last season, and now Utah is the preseason Pac-12 favorite and could contend for a Playoff berth in 2022…"
Whitt is definitely a coaching institution. He showed Utah a football game could be more than a cocktail party, as it had been through the 1980’s. When he decides he is done, I hope they have something planned to honor him the right way.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating…he or his agent (most likely) contacted Heritage Hall about the job opening in 2009. They didn’t even return the call. Thought it was better to hire Lane Kiffin.