Eye on the Y: With Kalani Sitake’s name connected to job openings, BYU AD is ‘in conversations’ about retaining the head coach

Tom Holmoe addressed retaining the football coach Monday morning in an appearance on BYUtv.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Tom Holmoe, Athletic Director, Brigham Young University, talks about the new men's college basketball showcase featuring BYU, Utah, USU, and Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

BYU coach Kalani Sitake’s name is being bandied about yet again regarding open head coaching jobs.

On Monday, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal left the program and signed with Miami. Sitake has been mentioned in a few reports — CBS Sports, 247sports, the San Jose Mercury News — as someone who would be a candidate for the job.

Sitake deflected a question last month about his interest in job openings when his named popped up as a candidate to coach the University of Washington. His message: He is laser-focused on this season.

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, though, addressed Sitake’s future on a television appearance.

“We are in conversations with Kalani at this point in time,” Holmoe said on BYUtv. “He’s our coach. We want him for a long time. Good things are going to happen in the near future.”

In August, Sitake agreed to a contract extension through the 2025 season.

Sitake and the Cougars started preparing this week for their Independence Bowl game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Dec. 18 in Shreveport, La.

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