Utah has sold out 38 consecutive games in Rice-Eccles stadium, dating back to the 2010 season opener. Of the sellouts, 35 were played before standing-room only crowds, including all seven home games in 2015. Utah set a new single-season attendance record last year (46,533). The Utes broke their all-time single-game mark (47,825) against Michigan, had the second-highest total against Cal (47,798) and recorded four other top-15 single-game marks in 2015.
In 11 seasons as Utah’s head coach, Kyle Whittingham—the 2008 National Coach of the Year—has the second-most wins in school history with a 95-46 career record. He was named the 2015 CBSSports.com Midseason Coach of the Year and was a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award.
Whittingham boasts a 9-1 bowl record that includes a 2009 Sugar Bowl win over No. 4 Alabama. He owns the best bowl win percentage in NCAA FBS history (90%), moving ahead of former USC/UNLV coach John Robinson with last season’s Las Vegas Bowl win. The victory gave Whittingham his fourth 10-win season at Utah since 2008.
He came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator the next year. On Dec. 8, 2004, Whittingham was named the school’s 20th head coach. His first victory came three weeks later when he co-coached the 2005 Fiesta Bowl victory over Pittsburgh.
Whittingham’s players have won 63 first-team all-conference awards, including 11 in Utah’s first four seasons of Pac-12 play. He has sent a steady stream of players into the NFL. As an assistant or head coach, has had 62 players make NFL teams.
Whittingham graduated from BYU in 1984 and added a master’s degree from the school in 1987. He and his wife Jamie have four children: Tyler, Melissa, Alex and Kylie.