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Utah Utes football: Kyle Whittingham primed for first Pac-12 media day

Published: Monday, July 25 2011 10:09 p.m. MDT

Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow, left, will be a likely topic of media questions for head coach Kyle Whittingham, right.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

LOS ANGELES — Utah's first Pac-12 football media day is laced with historical significance. It doesn't, however, represent the dawn of a new era for coach Kyle Whittingham.

That started last summer when the Utes were invited to join the conference.

"It's been real ever since the announcement," Whittingham said. "And so there's nothing as far as that goes that changes the complexion of what you're doing."

Media days, he added, are just part of the whole deal.

This gathering, however, will be much different than the Las Vegas outings with the Mountain West Conference.

After Tuesday's press event at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and the head coaches will head East for two more days of media events. They'll visit New York City and ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

The exposure, Whittingham acknowledged, is a powerful recruiting tool and part of the commissioner's grand vision for the league and it's lucrative future.

As such, the three-day bicoastal media days are something the head coaches willingly work around. Whittingham met with his staff Monday morning. While he's gone, the assistants will continue to meet offensively and defensively as camp approaches. Players report Aug. 3 and practice begins the next day.

"We structured everything with this factored in," said Whittingham, who will be joined on the first day of the media blitz by senior offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom.

"Tony is one of the leaders on the football team and has played a lot of good football for us over the years," Whittingham said. "He's a great student and really in our opinion deserves the right to represent our team."

Whittingham expects to field a lot of questions about being the new kids on the block and Norm Chow's arrival from UCLA.

"It comes with the territory," he said.

Whittingham and Bergstrom are scheduled to meet the press Tuesday at 1 p.m., MT. The conference will provide live video streaming and on-demand viewing at www.pac-12.org . The site will also post updates, photos and video throughout the three-day media blitz.

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Pac-12 Media Day

Fox Studios, Los Angeles

Live video streaming: www.pac-12.org

Today's schedule (All times Mountain)

10:05 a.m.: California (Jeff Tedford, Marvin Jones)

10:20 a.m.: Oregon (Chip Kelly, David Paulson)

10:35 a.m.: Oregon State (Mike Riley, Lance Mitchell)

10:50 a.m.: Stanford (David Shaw, Andrew Luck)

11:05 a.m.: Washington (Steve Sarkisian, Chris Polk)

11:20 a.m.: Washington State (Paul Wulff, Jared Karstetter)

11:45 a.m.: Arizona (Mike Stoops, Nick Foles)

Noon: Arizona State (Dennis Erickson, Brock Osweiler)

12:15 p.m.: Colorado (Jon Embree, Tyler Hansen)

12:30 p.m.: UCLA (Rick Neuheisel, Johnathan Franklin)

12:45 p.m.: USC (Lane Kiffin, Matt Barkley)

1 p.m.: Utah (Kyle Whittingham, Tony Bergstrom)

Wednesday (All times Mountain)

7:10 a.m.: ESPN RISE (taped segment)

7:40 a.m.: ESPN.com (Page 2)

8:10 a.m.: ESPNU (taped segment)

8:30 a.m.: ESPN3.com (taped segment)

9 a.m.: Scott Van Pelt Radio Show (taped segment)

9:20 a.m.: First Take on ESPN2 (live segment)

9:40 a.m.: ESPN College Football Podcast (taped segment)

10:05 a.m.: GameDay (taped segment)

10:45 a.m.: The Herd on ESPNU (live segment)

11:15 a.m.: College Football Live (taped segment)

11:40 a.m.: ESPN SportsCenter (live segment)

11:50 a.m.: Twitter chat (Twitter.com/SportsCenter)

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