Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham said the signing of Blinn (Texas) College wide receiver Josh Nurse is not official yet. As such, Whittingham can’t comment about him until it’s a done deal.
To clarify, Whittingham said the Nurse situation is a whole different set of circumstances than that of Darren Carrington II.
“It would be great to have him the first day of camp,” Whittingham said. “There’s a chance.”
COMMAND CENTER: Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told reporters during his opening address that the Pac-12 has centralized a replay command center at conference headquarters in San Francisco to assist with football officiating and decision-making for all games hosted by the league. Plans call for the new model to work in concert with in-stadium replay officials
“We expect this is going to lead to even more consistency,” Scott said.
PILOT PROGRAM: The Pac-12 is also looking at ways to shorten football games. Select non-conference home games this fall will feature a reduced halftime (from 20 to 15 minutes) and fewer television timeouts. Production techniques to shorten breaks in action will also be employed.
STAYING PUT: Scott announced that the Pac-12 Championship Game will continue to be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, through 2019 with an option for 2020.
It’s taken place at the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers since 2014.
“I’m very pleased with the experience we’ve created for our fans, universities and student-athletes over the last three years,” Scott said. “I look forward to working with our great partners at Levi’s Stadium and the San Francisco 49ers to continue to grow this marquee event in the Bay Area.”