FILE: University of Utah President Ruth Watkins, football Head Coach Kyle Whittingham and Athletic Director Mark Harlan chat after a press conference about the upcoming expansion of Rice-Eccles Stadium at the stadium in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.

Via Twitter and ESPN700 on Monday, Utah athletic director Mark Harlan implored Ute fans to buy Holiday Bowl tickets through the school's allocation. A Twitter user then responded, saying that the school's allotment of tickets hasn't been that good and that one could get better seats through the venue.

Harlan responded, saying how much buying bowl tickets through the school helps the university and proves to bowls that Utah fans travel well. He also pointed out that Utah's allotment of tickets for the bowl include good seats.

The Utes will face Northwestern on New Year's Eve in San Diego. Prior to the bowl's announcement, fans flooded the Holiday Bowl's social media and emailed bowl directors to tell them to consider Utah.

Watkins aware of Scott reports

University of Utah president Ruth Watkins tweeted out on Sunday that she was aware of a four-part series of articles by The Oregonian that focused on the Pac-12 conference and its commissioner, Larry Scott. The articles, written by John Canzano, explore issues such as Pac-12 refereeing scandals, money, Scott's leadership, and more.

Watkins' statement read:

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"I’m aware of The Oregonian series on the Pac-12 & its leadership, which identifies a number of key issues, concerns & challenges. The U is a proud member of the Pac-12 & I'm fully engaged in working to ensure its continued success to benefit our institutions, teams & fans."

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Utah and Northwestern are both defensive teams with similar styles.