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Failing to qualify for bowl hurts Whittingham's earning potential

Failing to qualify for a bowl game this year hurts the Utes in a couple of ways. Going to a bowl gives teams added weeks of practice, which coach Kyle Whittingham has said essentially equates to having an extra spring session. With a young quarterback and young defense, losing that opportunity won't do the Utes any favors going into the 2013 season.

Going to a bowl game can also hurt recruiting because it's one more chance to show off the program, get some national attention and brag about bowl streaks.

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Whittingham, who has called this his most frustrating season to date, will feel the pain of failing to qualify for a bowl game personally.

According to his contract, he receives pay equal to two months of his base salary of $440,000 if the Utes go bowling.

Ouch.

- Lya Wodraska



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