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How does Kalani Sitake compare to Pac-12 coaches?

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake talks with Aggie fans in Logan on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake talks with Aggie fans in Logan on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The question of whether BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake could or will actually leave for another job this offseason is, without much question, top of mind for many Cougars fans.

Sitake, as it’s well-known at this point, was mentioned in connection with the USC job when it opened up in September (Clay Helton was fired), and then surfaced again this week after Washington fired Jimmy Lake.

Sitake’s name has been mentioned of course, because of the great success the Cougars have had for almost two full seasons now.

BYU finished 11-1 last year and No. 16 in the College Football Playoff rankings. This year, they are 8-2 and ranked No. 14.

In nearly six full seasons at the helm of the Cougars program, Sitake has a 46-28 record, but how does his resume stack up against the other coaches in the Pac-12 Conference?

Here’s a look.

BYU: Kalani Sitake

2005-2008: After a few seasons at small schools, was hired as linebackers coach at Utah.

2009-2011: Promoted to defensive coordinator.

2012-2014: Promoted to associate head coach.

2015: Joined Gary Andersen at Oregon State for one season as associate head coach and defensive coordinator before being hired by BYU as head coach.

Arizona: Jedd Fisch

2002-2008: NFL assistant coach

2009-2020: Alternated between the college ranks and the NFL as an offensive assistant for seven different teams. Was the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Hurricanes, Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams (assistant OC for the Rams).

December 2020: Hired at Arizona after a season as the New England Patriots’ quarterbacks coach.

Arizona State: Herm Edwards

2001-2008: Head coach of the NFL’s New York Jets (2001-2005) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-2008), where he went 54-74 overall.

2009-2017: Worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN before getting hired by Arizona State.

Cal: Justin Wilcox

2006-2016: Served as defensive coordinator at five schools — Boise State, Tennessee, Washington, USC and Wisconsin — before being named head coach at Cal.

Stanford: David Shaw

1997-2005: Was an assistant in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

2006: Worked as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach at the University of San Diego.

2007-2010: Served as offensive coordinator and a position coach at Stanford before being promoted to head coach in 2011.

UCLA: Chip Kelly

2007-2008: Served as Oregon’s offensive coordinator after 16 years as an assistant at a bunch of small schools.

2009-2012: Was promoted to head coach at Oregon, where he went 46-7 in four years and made one national championship game (lost), two trips to the Rose Bowl (1-1) and one Fiesta Bowl appearance (1-0).

2013-2016: Was head coach of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles (2013-2015) and San Francisco 49ers (2016), where he went a combined 28-35.

2018: Hired by UCLA.

Colorado: Karl Dorrell

2000-2002: After 10 years as a college assistant at six schools — including stints as offensive coordinator at three — spent three years as wide receivers coach of the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

2003-2007: Served as head coach of the UCLA Bruins, where he went 35-27.

2008-2019: Was an assistant for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and New York Jets except for 2014, when he was the offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt. He held the role of associate head coach in a second stint with the Dolphins in 2019 before being hired by Colorado in 2020.

Oregon: Mario Cristobal

2007-2012: After eight years as an assistant at Miami (Florida), Rutgers and Miami again, was named head coach at Florida International, where he went 27-47.

2013-2016: Served as associate head coach at Alabama.

2017: Served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Oregon before being promoted to head coach in 2018.

Oregon State: Jonathan Smith

2012-2013: After seven years as an assistant coach at the FCS level, became Boise State’s quarterbacks coach.

2014-2017: Made a big jump when he was named offensive coordinator at Washington before being hired at his alma mater, Oregon State, as head coach.

Utah: Kyle Whittingham

1994: After a few years as an assistant at small schools, was named Utah’s defensive line coach.

1995: Promoted to defensive coordinator.

2005: Promoted to head coach.


Three of the Pac-12 coaches who started this season have been fired, the aforementioned Helton and Lake, along with Washington State’s Nick Rolovich.

Here are their resumes.

Clay Helton

1995-2010: Was an assistant at Duke, Houston and Memphis, eventually rising to offensive coordinator at Memphis.

2010-2015: Hired as quarterbacks coach at USC and rose to offensive coordinator.

2015: Named interim head coach and was ultimately given the job.

2021: Was fired and was recently named the head coach at Georgia Southern.

Nick Rolovich

2008-2011: Was hired as quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Hawaii, and eventually rose to offensive coordinator.

2012-2015: Held the same position at Nevada.

2016-2019: Hired as head coach by Hawaii.

2020: Hired as head coach at Washington State.

2021: Fired after he failed to comply with the state of Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Jimmy Lake

1999-2015: Was a defensive backs coach at multiple schools and with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions. His last stop in that role was at Washington.

2016-2019: Promoted to co-defensive coordinator at Washington and eventually took the job of defensive coordinator by himself.

2020: Promoted to head coach at Washington.

2021: Fired by Washington.