SALT LAKE CITY — Monday night’s shooting death of University of Utah student ChenWei Guo near the gates of Red Butte Garden led to a lockdown of the campus and the cancellation of classes Tuesday as police sought the attacker.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham noted that things were covered on the situation and the program made sure everyone on the team was okay.
Whittingham added that the shooting was horrible and tragic.
“We had been communicating with our guys last night,” he said. “If anybody needed any extra assistance with anything, it was available.”
Whittingham was open to any sort of tribute that could be made at Friday’s game against UCLA at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
“Haven’t crossed that bridge yet, but that’s something that we’re definitely going to talk about and determine what, if anything, needs to be done,” Whittingham said.
SOME SWAGGER: Whittingham likes what he has seen in practice this week as the Utes seek to end a four-game losing streak.
“The mindset has been outstanding,” he said. “Now we’ve got to have hat same mindset on Friday night. If we get a little adversity that mindset has got to stay intact.”
TRADING PLACES: Tight ends coach Freddie Whittingham thought switching spots with offensive coordinator Troy Taylor was successful. Taylor coached from the box in Oregon, and Whittingham moved down to the field.
“I think it went really well. I think as a coordinator he liked being up there. You get a better view of everything that’s going on,” Whittingham said. “You see the coverages that they’re in, the fronts, and you get a little bit more, like, peace of mind up there because it’s quiet and you get that whole big picture view.”
Whittingham added that he prefers being on the field because he likes to talk to his guys about adjustments and such.
“I really enjoyed the change,” he said.
FIT THE BILL: Arizona transfer Cody Ippolito hasn’t seen a whole lot of action at Utah. However, the 5-foot-10, 250-pound linebacker/fullback did catch a 7-yard pass against Oregon as a tight end.
"He is more of a fullback than a tight end, but we don't really have that. We don't recruit that body type. We aren't a fullback team, but there were some things that Troy Taylor wanted to install that utilized a fullback,” Whittingham said. “He has the fullback type body and we thought who is a guy that maybe isn't getting as much playing time somewhere else that we can get some mileage out of. So that was the reasoning there.”
Whittingham added that Ippolito is a hard worker and is doing a pretty good job for what he is being asked to do.