Future Big 12 member BYU locked down its head coach for the foreseeable future today, by extending Kalani Sitake through the 2027 season. The odd part about this story is Sitake was extended through 2025 just over three months ago. After a 10-2 season, it looks like Athletic Director Tom Holmoe wanted to make sure that Sitake stuck around for a little while longer.
This extension comes at the perfect time; right in the middle of the craziest coaching carousel in recent memory. Sitake is reported to have been a candidate for nearly every job on the west coast over the last few weeks, most notably interviewing for the Oregon job according to several reports.
Sitake is 21-3 over the past two seasons, giving him one of the best records in that span of time. Last season, Sitake caught lightning in a bottle with Zach Wilson and offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes (now at Baylor). Before the start of the 2021 season, the Cougars were expected to fall off from their 11-1 season, but Sitake and Co. picked up right where they left off, going undefeated against the Pac-12, including the conference champion Utah Utes.
With the entrance into the Big 12 right on the horizon, locking in a coach like Sitake is the perfect way to keep recruiting and momentum going in the right direction. If they can build on this extension and put together another great season in 2022, BYU could go into their new conference with a chance to compete right away.