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Utes' Whittingham Is First Coach To Top List Of Utah's Most Influential Sports Figures

Univ. of Utah football coach KYLE WHITTINGHAM is the “first coach to earn the No. 1 ranking" on a list of the Most Influential People in Utah Sports, "reflecting football’s increased prominence in the state in recent years and his stamp on the Ute program,” according to Kurt Kragthorpe of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Whittingham’s $2M salary “is evidence of his position’s newfound power,” as well as the program's “season-ticket renewal rate of 98 percent.” Whittingham, “entering his eighth season as head coach at age 52, has grown into his job.” He owns “a 66-25 record, having gone from a tenuous position early in his career to a point where he probably can coach the Utes as long as he likes.” Below is The Salt Lake Tribune's eighth annual (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/21).

RANK
NAME TITLE
1
Kyle Whittingham Univ. of Utah football coach
2
Kevin O’Connor Jazz GM
3
Bronco Mendenhall BYU football coach
4
Tom Holmoe BYU AD
5
Dave Checketts MLS Real Salt Lake Owner
6
Chris Hill Utah AD
7
Larry Scott Pac-12 Commissioner
8
Al Jefferson Jazz C
9
Greg & Gail Miller Jazz Owners
10
Scott Barnes Utah State AD
11
Dave Rose BYU basketball coach
12
Randy Rigby Jazz President
13
Jeff Robbins Utah Sports Commission President & CEO
14
Tyrone Corbin Jazz coach
15
Jason Kreis MLS Real Salt Lake coach
16
Bill Marolt U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association President & CEO
17
Sarah Hendrickson World Cup ski jumping champion
18
Bill Manning MLS Real Salt Lake President
19
Damian Lillard Trail Blazers G
20
Rob Cuff Utah High School Activities Association Exec Dir
21
Trevor Lewis NHL Kings C
22
Greg & Megan Marsden Univ. of Utah gymnastics coaches
23
Kaycee Feild Rodeo champion
24
Tommy Grady AFL Utah Blaze QB
25
Mike Trout Angels CF

 

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