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Utah football: Utes announce hiring of O-line coach

Published January 14, 2014 11:17 pm

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Utah's football staff continues to evolve. The Utes added offensive line coach Jim Harding to the staff on Tuesday.

Harding coached with Utah's new offensive coordinator, Dave Christensen, at Wyoming and Missouri.

Harding replaces Dan Finn, who was let go after spending two years as Utah's offensive line coach.

Wyoming finished 22nd in the country in total offense last year, averaging 472.8 yards a game, with Harding serving as the co-offensive coordinator and line coach.

Utah's offensive line was supposed to be the team's strength in the 2013 season but instead it was one of the weak areas. Utah gave up 23 sacks on the season.

"We're excited to bring Jim Harding on board as our offensive line coach," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "Jim is a bright young coach with a solid background and an extensive knowledge of our offensive system."