Full transcript, video and audio of Utah football's Monday press conference
Wow excuses running rampant up on the hill, what will be the excuses when
Stanford thrashes them by 50 this weekend?
Why are there BYU "fans" on here getting frantic and emotional about
trivial non-issues, such as what Coach Whit said versus what he meant?! The majority of you didn't even take time to read the article
before slinging mud! Comical! Wise is the individual who can base commentary on
the context of what was actually said.Take a break, then go
psycho-analyze the odds of beating GT.Go Utes!
Yes Duckhunter depth is an issue for Utah in the PAC 12.
@ Mormon UteReporters question:"Can you kind of expand on
that a little, how he's feeling and where he's at?"Had
nothing to do with past tense. So why did Whit bring up the past.If
people say "Nothing personal", it's probably personal. If people
say "It's not an excuse, it's probably an excuse.
@MormonUteThe question was "I know that it was mentioned that he
was sick in that game. Can you kind of expand on that a little, how he's
feeling and where he's at?"How IS he feeling? Where Is he
at? Not Was he in bed? This in no way gives info about next Saturday's
game. That would fall under giving injury reports.So call it a
reason or excuse, but it is what it is. And to lash out and call
names is not a classy thing for a Mormon Ute, or Mormon Cougar to do, which was
my initial point.Your frantic emotional bitterness is is getting the
best of you.I don't claim to be Mormon, then bag on Mormons.
Duckhunter,Of course you are inside Coach Whitt's head and know
every thought behind his words. Believe what you want, but Whitt has never made
excuses for losses and I don't think he plans to start now.
@mormon uteNo that is not the "very reason coach whitt stopped
giving injury reports". He stopped giving them because he doesn't want
to tip his hand or give other coaches any more info than he absolutely has to.
And yes he was making excuses, I realize he was asked and an answer
was forthcoming, but he droned on and on about it and even kind of used it as a
pre-emptive excuse for the game coming up then tried to qualify it by saying it
"isn't an excuse". Of course it's an excuse, qualifying it
doesn't change that. He is trying to protect wilson's fragile
confidence brought on by throwing 9 picks in only two conference games. It is
the same thing whittingham was trying to do when he commented that he
like's his teams "toughness". It is a psychological game he is
playing in an attempt to prop up the confidence of the team. I'm guessing he feels they are fragile right now otherwise he would be
ripping them. That is what coaches do, he's no different than any other.
This is the very reason Coach Whitt stopped giving injury reports and
doesn't volunteer this kind of information. Too many people interpret it
as excuses. But of course the media have to keep pressing and they get testy
when they don't get the answers they want so they press and the information
comes out. Then everyone jumps on the Coach for making excuses. Nice.
Veritas,No, it doesn't get old until BYU fans stop with the
double standard and hypocrisy. You can't claim the moral high ground and
then trash your opponent questioning his integrity when all he was doing is
anzwering questions from the media.
@gdogOvercoming injuries is tough and when a team doesn't have
great depth to begin with it is even tougher. But those are excuses and as utah
"fans" have been telling us in this thread utah doesn't make
Utah is 3-2 and those close losses to Oregon State and UCLA are tough to
swallow. The defense played really solid against UCLA and the offense struggled
with a sick Wilson. Then against OSU, the offense was scoring points up and down
the field while the young defense was yet to gel. This is why I thought Utah was
one year away from being really good. To much youth and inexperience. I like the Utes talent but with the youth, future recruiting is hurt when wins
aren't as abundant as need be now. Presently, with Jake Murphy
out and Kenneth Scott the same (for the year) after breaking his leg game one,
it really hampers the offense. Dres Anderson, Kenneth Scott, and Jake Murphy all
would start for most BCS teams across the country. Dres can't be as
dominant a deep threat without a go to possession guy (Scott) opposite him. Then
Murphy on top of that would give Wilson huge help in moving the ball.The Utes have a tough schedule and the depth issue is really challenged with
the injuries piling up.
I bleed true Cougar blue. Recently, I have learned to hate the Utes from the
behavior of a few big mouthed fans. I am an alumnus of UCLA and was still
hurting from the loss to Utah when I tuned into the Utah-UCLA game. I was
prepared and anxious for a UCLA beat down of Utah. Despite all my prejudices, I
found myself, by the mid-3rd quarter, rooting for the Utes. The defense was
terrific and despite the turnovers, Utah was giving it all they had and hanging
close. I was bummed when they couldn't pull it out. You don't win them
all and Utah is at least a season away from contending for the PAC-12 title.
But, I was proud of the way they played. Utah will yet be a force in the PAC-12.
I now have a tinge of red in my blood.
Mormon UteKaysville, UTHow Christian like of all you BYU fans
to slam Coach Witt and Travis Wilson for this. Yes, you represent your school
well.....NOT! How pathetic.===Dude, give it a rest. Doesn't it get old playing the religion card? That is pathetic...................There are reasons and excuses in life. There are
reasons why the Utes can't compete in the PAC. Call them whatever you want,
but while Utah is getting up for Stanford and other PAC power teams, they are
not going to get up for Utah. So I see Utah getting a W soon, because no one
takes them seriously (just like: Utah - SDSU, Utah - Alabama, Sugar Bowl) Kyle
needs to surprise and beat someone and not just scare them with a close game. He
needs to do it soon.
So much frantic and emotional trolling here... whats new?
I think there is a bit of excuse making by whittingham here. If he really
wasn't making any excuses he would have just said "yes travis is sick
but he appears to be on the road to recovery". But he chose to elaborate and
tell us that he "was in bed all game day" and elaborated even more about
it. Just qualifying his comments with "no excuses, he played"
doesn't really offset the fact he was making some excuses.Not
that it is really a big deal, at some point in almost every season everyone is
sick and I am sure someone, or multiple players, are sick every single game on
every single team. When you are dealing with around 100 people someone is almost
always going to be sick.
Good point CT98. So many BYU fans are showing their selective listening by not
paying attention to Coach Witt's statement that the illness isn't an
To all those who think Whit is making excuses for the UCLA loss, just listen to
the last 5 seconds of the video. It speaks for itself.I like the
coach and believe he is doing the best he can to win in a very difficult
conference. It would be a shame if he is let go at the end of the season.
I watched the game. I thought Utah played ok in spite of the numerous receiver
drops, and in general against more physically blessed UCLA players. Whit gave
very good answers to questions posed. Travis being sick would certainly take
just the edge off a sharp performance. Hope he gets feeling better - it is no
fun being sick in college especially when it drags on. Stanford by two scores.
How Christian like of all you BYU fans to slam Coach Witt and Travis Wilson for
this. Yes, you represent your school well.....NOT! How pathetic.
I don't usually read Utah only articles, and I'm not sure why I read
this one, but I guess I was intrigued by the headlines. I didn't know
Travis was sick, and playing sick has got to be difficult. Makes me wonder how
many times players play under the weather and we as fans take it for granted.I am very impressed with this question and answer session because the
reporters actually sound football savy asking pretty intelligent questions about
Stanford. KW interviews well too. I chuckled inside when I read his PAC 12
plug, "...our fans are going to be getting used to that in the Pac-12,"
in reference to playing highly ranked team. So that's where U fans get it
from.I don't know why I read the comments, but I am shocked to
see all the trolling from my fellow, so-called BYU fans. Are you kidding me. I
thought only Utes did this stuff to us. Be true to the Blue Cougs and recognize
what you represent.
Last year byu quarterback was playing with a broken back.
UCLA's Defensive secondary was as TOUGH as they Get! Secondary
However, the athletic 6-1, 184-pounder performed like UCLA’s best
cover guy in the spring, Leading the way at the other cornerback
opening is redshirt freshman Ishmael Adams, who has performed nearly as well as
Jefferson this offseason. The most experienced backup corner, 6-0,
182-pound Fabian Moreau is only a sophomore. The competitions at safety
have yet to be decided. At strong safety, 5-10, 187-pound Randall Goforth and
6-0, 198-pound senior Stan McKay are locked in a tight race. Goforth would have
a slight advantage Over at free safety, 5-11, 195-pound senior
Brandon Sermons and 6-0, 200-pound junior Dietrich Riley Watch Out For
.... the incoming freshmen to not play like incoming freshmen.
I quit reading after the second page because I thought it was boring and because
I didn't want to waste my time reading utah articles comment section so
much more entertaining reading you thinking you are so much better since joining
the PAC whatever. You have the same players as the mwc and while you were there
you bashed PAC 10 conference all the time. I even went as far as making a
screen name mwcbetterthanpac. What is it, a great conference or inferior
conference? By the way...go cougars
'(Travis Wilson) was in bed the whole game day leading up to the UCLA
??What about the Receivers who bobbled and dropped ? helped
with at least 3 of the 6 interceptions, ?? "probably sick in bed
Uteology"Michigan was as good as the Texas team you beat a few
weeks ago."You lose ALL credibility when you make such foolish
@pac man, wjcoug, ute haterWhere were Coach Whitt's excuses?
Utah's athletic communications director told the press that Travis Wilson
wasn't at the press conference because he was sick, just as he was during
the game. Coach Whitt then explained that he was still feeling the effects of
his sickness. At the end of his interview a reporter asked point blank "Was
Travis affected at all illness-wise during the game?" Coach Whitt responded
"No excuses. He was there. He was playing. So if you're playing,
you've got to produce. So, the answer is no."Please tell
us, you pro-BYU, Ute haters, where was Coach Whitt's excuse for
Travis's playing sick? It is apparent that he went out of his way to NOT
allow this as an excuse. Did any of you even read the transcript? I
didn't think so. If so, you need to go back to school and take a reading
comprehension course.However, I doubt
I didn't come away thinking Whittingham made any excuses. In fact I thought
he was straight up and respectful in fielding each question.Chris B
- you need to wake up from your dream.
Stanford 24 Utah. 10Too much strength, and too much speed.
I think utah fans are starting to see the difference between MWC recruits and
PAC 10 recruits....if Utah wants to win in the PAC 10.2....they have to get
deeper.....you can see the difference between Utah and UCLA last week. This week
will be worse!
Reason for the loss: Bigger, faster, better athletes. A well Travis would have
still been whipped. P.S. Travis is a great quarterback, Ammon OLsen is a great
@ UteologyI agree with your comments, but you should have said,
"I think we have good chance of winning a game."
If he was capable of playing it shouldn't be any excuse. So we lost the
game.. no excuses. We had 6 turnovers... signs of sloppy playing. And we
lost the game.. no excuses.Man up Utes. We either win or we lose..
There are no excuses!
@Chris from Rose ParkThank you!! I was wondering why in the world
all these cougar fans are saying Coach Whit is making excuses? How about you
guys read the WHOLE article and not just the title before commenting. Thanks
Chris from Rose Park for being intelligent enough to do read the ENTIRE article
I didn't watch the whole game, but saw the highlights. It was clear
UCLA underestimated a Ute defense that came out swinging. Utah's Defense
played the best game anyone could expect with Wilson giving up SIX
interceptions, with the last one that should have been a pick six if the UCLA
defender had not slid out of bounds. So far Wilson has thrown 4 TD's
and 9 Int's vs PAC-12 opponents and has yet to play the 4 top defenses in
the conference (Stanford, USC, Oregon, ASU). That kind of QB play against good
competition will never result in wins. I have said it for 3 years now.
Utah will not be truly competitive in the PAC-12 until 2016. And you have at
least 2 more years of being under .500 and missing the post season. I think
Kyle is a great coach and if Hill and the Ute fanbase can be patient he will
bring the Utes back to winning.In the meantime,Utah 10Stanford
ChrisB BYU 3and 2. Utah 3 and 2. Utah will not beat Stanford regardless of any
sick players on either team. Mark it down.
"...He was in bed the whole game day leading up to that game. He got sick,
actually, the night before that, and hasn't gotten over it yet..."Translation: Don't give up on me or my team. Our quarterback is
really good - the only reason he threw 6 picks is because he was sick - not
because we didn't coach him up.
relax utah and byu fans. i beleive whit (i don't like him). wilson is a
player and will only get better. they still should have won. glad most on this
post have never played at the college level, so i expect you would be critical
of anything that is said. maybe you can suit up for wilson on saturday.
BYU fan here. It looks to me that Coach Whitt was not making excuses for
Wilson. He did not defend Wilson during openinig statements. He only mentioned
Wilson was sick after being asked about it in the first question. Midway
through, he was asked about interceptions. He simply said not all of them were
Wilson's fault, but there were no excuses. Then, the last question was,
"Kyle, was Travis affected at all illness-wise during the game?" Whitt
responds, "No excuses. He was there. He was playing. So if you're
playing, you've got to produce. So, the answer is no." To me, that
sounds the opposite of making excuses for his QB. Come on Cougs.
Read the whole transcript before you troll and only give legitimate gripe.
He was asked if Wilson was sick and he said Wilson was sick. Goodness, it's
not like he brought it up on his own.
Two PAC-12 games, 9 interceptions (minus 8 in turnovers). Utah should have lost
by 14+ points with so many turnovers. The offense and defense have
shown they can compete with any team so far. If we can reduce the turnover
margin then I think we have good chance of winning the game.
@PAC man Kyle should know better than to make excuses about losing
to UCLA because Travis Wilson was " in bed the whole game day leading up to
the UCLA game".Robbie Bosco beat Michigan in the Holiday Bowl
while playing the entire second half on an injured leg that he could barely
stand on.---------------Michigan was as good as the
Texas team you beat a few weeks ago.Kyle said we lost because we had
6 turnovers. The same excuse Cougar Nation has been using for the 54-10
It's bad enought listening to all the excuses from Utah fans. Now we have
to put up with excuses from Whittingham. I really thought he was above that . .
Without more information than the article explains, I'd have to say that
Travis Wilson needs to learn when to leave the ladies alone and Kyle needs to
learn that most football pundits aren't impressed with after-the-loss
excuses. Ute fans totally disparage Bronco if he even insinuates
some sort of excuse in a similar situation.
The kid is a competitor! Nothing but respect!
Starting a sickly Travis Wilson against UCLA sounds about as dumb as Bronco
playing Riley with a broken back.
"Don't have time to watch the video? Here's the audio."Because listening to the audio is SOOO much faster than watching the
video!Really, who writes this stuff, my High School paper had less
goofs than the DN!?!
Whittingham should stop making excuses for his quarterback.
Did he sleep in? Did his alarm not go off? Was he "recovering" from a
late night out? I confess I did not watch the video. Go
If he was too sick to play, play a back up. If he wasn't too sick to play,
then I don't care that he was sick. With that said, all our
doubters claimed we'd lose by 20+ to UCLA, and those poor predictions
certainly didn't include 6 picks by Wilson. I'm more confident than
ever about this team, not less so after UCLA. Coming down to the last play
against a top 15 team? I'll take that all day every day. We can do this.
And I think we will. Utah 32Stanford 27
Kyle should know better than to make excuses about losing to UCLA because Travis
Wilson was " in bed the whole game day leading up to the UCLA game".Marc Wilson beat Texas A&M in College Station three days after
having a appendectomy.Robbie Bosco beat Michigan in the Holiday Bowl
while playing the entire second half on an injured leg that he could barely
stand on.If Travis wasn't well enough to play, he
shouldn't have been on the field.