This common bond also links them to Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher, Brian Kelly and several other elite college football coaches.
As noted in a graphic shared by Fox College Football, Whittingham and Mendenhall are both among the top 10 active FBS coaches in winning percentage.
The top 10 coaches with the highest winning percentage with a minimum of 100 wins includes: Clemson’s Swinney (.807), Alabama’s Saban (.788), Texas A&M’s Fisher (.758), Notre Dame’s Kelly (.721), TCU’s Gary Patterson (.711), Kansas’ Les Miles (.694), Whittingham (.675), Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy (.668), North Carolina’s Mack Brown (.662) and Mendenhall (.639).
Whittingham has racked up 131 wins with 63 losses since replacing Urban Meyer as Utah’s coach in 2005. That includes a lofty 11-3 bowl record with wins in the Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl. He earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors this past season after leading the Utes to an 11-3 record.
Mendenhall has compiled a record of 124-70, with 99 of those victories (and 43 losses) coming at BYU. He’s gone 25-27 in four years at Virginia, including a 9-5 mark and an Orange Bowl appearance this past season.