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Kyle Whittingham ranked best coach in Pac-12

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Head coach Kyle Whittingham scans the field as the University of Utah football team opens spring camp in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — As we continue to head toward August and possibly the start of the college football season, multiple publications have come out with preseason lists. The latest one, from Athlon Sports, ranks Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham as the best coach in the Pac-12 Conference.

Here’s what Athlon said about the Utes’ head man.

Utah has posted a winning record in Pac-12 play in five out of the last six years and has four finishes in the top 25 in that span. Whittingham also guided the program to a perfect 13-0 mark and No. 2 finish in the final Associated Press poll in 2008. Even though Utah enters 2020 with a significant chunk of talent to replace, Whittingham’s track record suggests this program is still going to be a factor in the 2020 Pac-12 title race.

Whittingham, who enters his 16th season on the hill this year, has compiled a 131-64 record as head coach of the Utes. Behind Whittingham on the list was David Shaw of Stanford and Mario Cristobal of Oregon.