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Penn State Coaching Search: Kyle Whittingham Gets Raise, Extension At Utah

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, reportedly contacted by Penn State in connection to the university's search for Joe Paterno's replacement as head coach, has agreed to a pay raise and extension with the Utes according to a report by Dirk Facer of Deseret News on Monday.

The agreement will boost his salary to $2 million and includes an extra year on his contract. Facer says the deal was struck before the conclusion of this past season.

Whittingham is also reportedly being pursued by Arizona State, looking to replace Dennis Erickson. What news of this apparently weeks-old agreement means for both Penn State and Arizona State's searches is unclear, though it is a notable development nevertheless.

The Utes are coming off a 7-5 season under Whittingham in the first Pac-12 season. They'll face off against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve.

For the latest on the Penn State coaching search, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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