Pac-12 notebook: Coaches head to Bristol; Pac-12 Network increases audience
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — It’s a wrap.
The annual Pac-12 Football Media Days finished up its two-day run at Paramount Studios.
“I think every coach here would rather be back in his office getting ready (for the season),” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “But it’s a part of the routine.”
Whittingham and the other 11 head coaches in the conference are now headed to Bristol, Connecticut, for ESPN’s “Car Wash” appearances on Friday.
Wide receiver Dres Anderson and defensive end Nate Orchard, who also represented the Utes at the California gathering, headed back to Salt Lake City.
“I really enjoyed it. It was an honor to be here. I really had a blast,” Anderson said. “We had a good old time. I’m happy I got to experience it with a guy like (Orchard). We had a lot of fun.”
Besides media interviews, Anderson and Orchard got to hang out a bit with the other players like UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker Eric Kendricks.
“It’s been awesome. It’s been an amazing experience being around these other players,” Orchard said. “You get an opportunity to know them a little better, outside of the football field.”
Orchard added that he’ll have more reason to smack talk them now because he likes to smack talk people he knows.
“We’re all student-athletes,” Orchard said. “We’re all in the same boat in so many ways and so it was nice to chat with them.”
The senior said it was a huge honor to represent Utah at the meetings and is thankful that he and Anderson were able to do so.
Now, Anderson said, it’s all ball.
Utah’s first practice is Aug. 4. The Utes open the season Aug. 28 against Idaho State.
INCREASED AUDIENCE: The Pac-12 Networks is launching a subscription YouTube channel in late August. It’s being billed as the “first live streaming 24x7” channel — initially distributing the Pac-12 Network feed and On Demand services to 27 countries.
Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans spoke at Thursday morning’s media session and noted that the conference’s television reach has grown to 60 million homes with the addition of providers. DirecTV, however, is still not one of them.
EXTRA POINTS: There were over 700 credentials issued for Pac-12 Media Days, including 400 members of the media, plus staff, volunteers and vendors . UCLA is the featured team in this year’s Pac-12 Networks series “The Drive,” featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the Bruins. Check out Pac-12 Networks' links to the Utes from media days: http://pac-12.com/videos/2014-pac-12-football-media-day-utah-head-coach-kyle-whittingham and http://pac-12.com/videos/2014-pac-12-football-media-day-utahs-dres-anderson-and-nate-orchard.
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