“Whatever he ultimately decides we wish him well,” Whittingham said.
TIME FOR CHANGE: Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott opened the meetings by addressing the media. In his remarks, Scott said he was confident and optimistic about the direction college sports is headed with recent reforms.
“The time has come to make changes and changes are coming,” said Scott, who later added that Pac-12 presidents and chancellors have outlined steps the conference wants to take to bring college sports into the modern era.
Strengthening the focus on academics and restoring some balance in terms of time demands for student-athletes were among the details he mentioned.
GOLLYWOOD: Defensive end Nate Orchard said he is “beyond excited” to be at the Pac-12 gathering, especially at this year’s venue.
“It’s my first time in Hollywood,” Orchard said. “So I definitely can’t get the whole experience being a married man, you know, so I’ll definitely be up in my room having a good time ordering some room service. But I’m definitely glad to be here.”
Each team brings two players to the annual football meetings.
“Representing 110 guys, coaching staff and all, is definitely a privilege. I’m fortunate to be here,” Orchard said. “I thank Coach Whit and the rest of the coaches on making the decision to let me come here.”
EXTRA POINTS: Whittingham and the other 11 head coaches will head to Bristol, Connecticut, after the meetings conclude on Thursday. They’ll participate on ESPN’s “Car Wash” on Friday. ... The Utes are getting new uniforms this season. They’re expected to be unveiled when player photos on taken on Aug. 6. ... Utah is gearing up for its first season since 1943 without an in-state opponent on the schedule. ... The Utes open camp with a practice on Aug. 4.
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