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Penn State Coaching Search: Kyle Whittingham Contacted, According To Report

The search for a new head coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions rolls on. The latest news is that Penn State representative have reached out to Kyle Whittingham about the vacancy, according to Craig Morgan of CBS Sports. Whittingham is also being pursued by Arizona State, who parted ways with Dennis Erickson following a 6-6 season in 2011.

Whittingham currently serves as the head coach for the Utah Utes. He became Utah's defensive coordinator in 1995, serving in that role for ten seasons before being promoted to his first ever head coaching job in 2005. Since then, he has an overall record of 65-25, with an all-time bowl record of 6-1, which are fairly impressive numbers for such a short tenure as coach.

Whittingham led the Utes to a Mountain West Conference championship in 2008, picking up three coaching awards that season, including the Paul "Bear" Bryant award for the NCAA national coach of the year.

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