Whittingham credits Rudy and Brennan for taking the lead and serving as troubleshooters for the projects. As such, there were very little distractions for the coach.
“There’s a lot that goes into building something like that, I can tell you that,” said Whittingham, who visited the facility at least once a month or so during construction. “It was a very complex project and thousands of details that had to be attended to. But I was fortunate where it wasn’t a disruption to what we’re doing over here.”
Rudy and administrators looked at other football centers as part of the process.
“We did our homework. We looked at a bunch of different facilities and projects that were on the drawing tables,” Whittingham explained. “So we researched it every which way we possibly could.”
As a result, Utah is moving into something very special — a facility that Whittingham said is all about the players.
“We feel like we’ve got a state-of-the-art building that will compete with anybody’s in the country,” he added. “It’s a big, big addition to what we’re doing.”
Whittingham acknowledged that it’s a constant challenge to keep up with everybody in the Pac-12 facilities arms race. Things, in general, are changing in college football.
“There’s no question about that. There’s big dollars at stake and big dollars being generated,” Whittingham said. “So I think universities look at it as an investment rather than expenditures. You’re investing in your program and hopefully you’ll be able to get some return.”
For Utah football, it’s a move from temporary trailers to what Rudy describes as a new furnished house. The transfer of boxes pretty much topped the to-do list for the moving guys. Coaches were told to have belongings ready to move by July 3 and players will begin reporting to the new facility on July 8.
“It’s going to be pretty good,” said Rudy, who added that the program’s tenure in the trailers wasn’t that bad and seemed like it went by quickly.
Whittingham has similar thoughts.
“It’s as good of a setup as we could have hoped for given the circumstances,” he said. “But we’re ready to move into the new facility. We’re eager to move into the new facility.”
No open house planned
Utah’s new football center will not be open to the general public in order “to allow for a conducive working environment for the coaches, staff and student-athletes.” University officials do, however, plan to make a video of the facility available soon and will post it on official department social media sites — utahutes.com, YouTube.com/utahathletics, facebook.com/uathletics and twitter.com/utahathletics.
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