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Whittingham wishes former assistant luck in new role

Published February 10, 2014 3:20 pm

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The Utes released a statement today in which coach Kyle Whittingham wished Brian Johnson well in his new role as quarterbacks coach for Mississippi State. Whittingham hired Johnson as Utah's offensive coordinator in 2012, making him the youngest offensive coordinator of a Football Bowl Subdivision team. He was set to coach the quarterbacks in 2014 after Whittingham hired Dave Christensen as the new offensive coordinator. Instead, Johnson decided to join his mentor Dan Mullen at Mississippi State. "We wish Brian all the best in his new position," Whittingham said. "Brian has been a major contributor to the Utah football program as a player and a coach for many years." Whittingham has not announced a timetable for replacing Johnson. - Lya Wodraska