Former Utah, BYU assistant Whittingham dies

Updated: October 28, 2003, 8:14 PM ET

PROVO, Utah -- Fred Whittingham, a former assistant coach in the NFL who held the same position at Utah and BYU, has died. He was 62.

Whittingham died Monday afternoon at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, hospital spokesman Bryant Larsen said Tuesday. Larsen refused to release other details, though The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret Morning News reported Tuesday that Whittingham had developed a blood clot following back surgery.

Whittingham, whose oldest son Kyle is Utah's defensive coordinator, coached for nearly 30 years at the high school, college and pro levels.

Whittingham was an assistant under former BYU coach LaVell Edwards from 1973-81 before joining the Los Angeles Rams. He returned to college football as former Utah coach Ron McBride's defensive coordinator from 1992-94.

Whittingham left the Utes for another NFL job with the Oakland Raiders, then returned to the Utah staff to coach linebackers on his son's defense in 1998. Fred Whittingham was let go following the 2000 season.

Whittingham is survived by his wife, Nancy, four sons and a daughter.

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