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What Kyle Whittingham, Kalani Sitake said about Quin Snyder on Monday

Eight-year-old Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder’s sudden resignation on Sunday afternoon was a surprise not only for the NBA, but also for Utah’s sports team. It was especially noted by two other state teachers, Kyle Whittingham of Utah and Kalani Sitake of BYU.

Both men took the time to play golf at the Coaches Legacy Invitational – formerly known as Rivalry for Charity – at the Hidden Valley Country Club to talk about Snyder’s idea, and direct their various events. The event raised $ 60,000 at the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho, according to CEO Deen Vetterli.

“There comes a time when you need new words and I need a new leader, and apparently (Snyder) saw that his time was right now, and I’m close to this in my career,” said Whittingham, 62, who. has been Utah’s head coach since 2004.

“There comes a time when you may need new words and need a new leader, and apparently (Quin Snyder) saw that his time was right now, and I’m close to this in my career.” – Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham

And it wasn’t the only idea Whittingham offered Monday that his days on the Mountain are over. Before stepping in front of press reporters and radio video cameras, he also said that Utah Morgan Scalley’s defense defender – who played four Whittingham games – should be the one doing the interview because he could soon be in the area.

It was said too quickly, so take it as you wish.

Sitake, 46, on the other hand, said he did not intend to resign, when asked about the dangers of fatigue and the complications that affect the mental health of a teacher.

“I know for a fact that I have a lot of fun. Maybe the time will come for me to return, ”he said. “But so far I will continue to play golf and enjoy as much as I can with the guys I train, chat with fans and on TV. Now I really enjoy thinking that way.”

Asked if last year’s 26-17 defeat at BYU in Provo would have been his last game against the Cougars because the teams were not ready to meet again until 2024, Whittingham did not volunteer.

“You do not know,” he said. “I can tell you right now that I’m happy with this year’s team and what we have this summer. I have as much power as I had. But again, I hope and rely on knowing and understanding when the time comes. “

Historically, the Whittingham team fired 18-under-54 in a four-man squad to defeat the Sitake team, which shot 64. friends and staff, so the results were not really questionable.

Other than that, Sitake openly admits, Whittingham is a very good golfer.

“I don’t think BYU fans want to see my golf game go well anytime soon,” Sitake said.

Nor does he want to see the famous coach leave, as Snyder did after eight seasons at the Utah Jazz.

Whittigham called Snyder’s departure a “sad one,” as well as a momentous occasion as the Duke star once wanted.

“I don’t know him very well. I have had the opportunity to spend some time with him, “Whittingham said.” But what a teacher. I respect everything he has done here. We will miss him. He will have a lot of opportunities as well as the people who follow him, but sad to see him go. ”

Sitake, who is a huge fan of the NBA and Utah Jazz and enjoys playing sports with the media during a difficult time between interviews, said Snyder’s departure took him by surprise.

“I love Jazz, and I trust their leadership, (owner) Ryan Smith and those guys,” Sitake said. “We’ll see what happens. I don’t know everything behind it, unless we want a new coach.

“I’m very grateful for Quin ‘s contribution to the franchise,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure to see them play. We also look forward to the future. but as a Jazz lover I believe he knows we all appreciate him. “

The first Monday in June is a busy day for Sitake and Whittingham, as summer football camps for high school students, especially those registered, begin in their schools. Vetterli said it was “not surprising” and “strange” for coaches to continue to support the event, which is being sent by 50 or more NKF franchises around the country.

“It’s always a good idea to take part in the event. It’s a big reason, obviously. And our team played well. Good luck, “Whittingham said.

BYU head coach Kalani Sitake listens to a question at the Coaches Legacy Golf Invitational at Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy on Monday, June 6, 2022.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

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