UTEP (1-0) christens the home portion of its 2014 schedule versus Big 12 power Texas Tech (1-0) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 9:05 p.m. MT.
Whitten is a Former NFL quarterback and collegiate head coach while Jackson spent the last four seasons in the same capacity at Purdue.
Former NFL quarterback and collegiate head coach Todd Whitten is in his second year working with the UTEP wide receivers.
The biggest story of the 2013 receiving corps was the emergence of Ian Hamilton as a big-play threat. After the junior college transfer played sparingly the year before, he busted out to tally 25 receptions (third on the team) for 354 yards (second). Hamilton compiled 108 yards at Rice and 81 in a 42-21 rout of I-10 rival NM State. His 14.2 yards per catch led all UTEP wideouts.
Whitten was the head coach at Tarleton State (1996, 2000-04) and Sam Houston State (2005-09), compiling a 70-51 record. More recently he served as the offensive coordinator at Lamar for two years (2010-11) and spent the 2012 season as the head coach at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas.
Whitten led Sam Houston State to runner-up finishes in the Southland Conference in 2006 (6-5) and 2007 (7-4). In 2006, D.D. Terry ranked seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in rushing, averaging 132.8 yards per game, and 11th in scoring with 9.8 points per game. In 2007, Sam Houston State held FCS top-25 rankings in passing offense (16th, 265.3 ypg) and total offense (21st, 419.3 ypg). Quarterback Rhett Bomar rated eighth nationally in total offense (290.6 ypg) en route to being chosen in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
Whitten was 45-23 in two separate stints at Tarleton State. In 1996, he directed the Texans to a 5-5 mark. His second tenure produced a stellar 40-18 mark over five seasons, including 10 wins in 2001 and nine in 2002. The Texans won the Lone Star Conference championship in 2001, made their first-ever playoff appearance and closed out the year rated 10th in the Division II poll. Tarleton had a total of 34 All-Conference selections in 2002 and 2003, including 19 first team honorees, while capturing back-to-back Lone Star Conference North Division titles. The Texans set 30 school records during the Whitten era, and he garnered conference coach of the year honors on four occasions (1996, 2001-03).
Whitten was also on the staffs at Texas Tech (graduate assistant 1988-89), New Mexico State (quarterbacks coach 1990-93), UTEP (running backs coach 1994-95), Wyoming (offensive coordinator 1997-98) and Sam Houston State (offensive coordinator 1999).
One of the most prolific quarterbacks in Stephen F. Austin history, Whitten ranks second on the school charts with 6,304 passing yards and 60 touchdowns. He signed a free agent contract and played for the New England Patriots during the NFL players strike in 1987. He was also a standout baseball player in college and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was inducted into SFA's Athletics Hall of Honor in 2001.
The Dallas native earned his bachelor's degree in education from Stephen F. Austin in 1987 and added a master's in education from Texas Tech in 1990.
He and his wife, Dana, have three sons (Brady, Blaze, Tate) and a daughter (Maddie).