HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Washington quarterback Jake Browning had good things to say about new Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor. They have roots at Folsom High in California.
“He’s a good guy. He knows a lot about football,” Browning said. “Throughout most of my football career he’s been a guy I can turn to. He’s like a mentor and obviously taught me a lot.”
Browning hopes Taylor does well at Utah, except for games against the Huskies.
“I think he’s primed and ready to do something big,” Browning said.
THE LATE SHOW: Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott noted that late kickoffs benefit the conference in terms of television exposure.
“What we’ve discovered with our media partners is our ability to play more night games has created value,” Scott said. “It’s created value for our media partners that’s gone back to our schools in the form of exclusive and prominent national windows.”
Even so, Scott acknowledged that night games create challenges for fans. That said, he pointed out that two-thirds of the conference’s kickoffs are during the day.
“So we make sure there is a good spread of events,” Scott said.
Game times for five of Utah’s games have already been announced. All of them are in the evening. The North Dakota game on Aug. 31 is at 5:30 p.m., while the contest at BYU is set for 8:15 p.m. The San Jose State kickoff on Sept. 16 is set for 8 p.m. The Sept. 22 game at Arizona will begin at 8:30 p.m. and the Nov. 3 game at Rice-Eccles Stadium against UCLA on Nov. 3 is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.