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KYLE WHITTINGHAM
REBECCA SHORE
August 22, 2012
ON THE TEAM'S FAMILY VALUES AND PUTTING FAITH IN RECRUITS
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August 22, 2012

Kyle Whittingham

ON THE TEAM'S FAMILY VALUES AND PUTTING FAITH IN RECRUITS

SI: Freshman quarterback Chase Hansen delayed his mission a year to play his first season. How do you approach the topic of missions with your Mormon players?

KW: We're very familiar with the topic, and it's something we discuss during the recruiting process. It's a personal decision by each of the [Latter-Day Saints] players on the team. For Chase it [will be] very important that he serve the mission, and we're behind him 100%.

SI: Star Lotulelei is married with two children. Do players view him differently because of that?

KW: It's not that unique to us. We have 16 married players, some with children, so it's not a factor. They respect him for his work ethic, performance and conduct.

SI: HOW WAS YOUR FIRST SEASON IN THE PAC-12?

KW: UP AND DOWN. A GOOD TRANSITION SEASON, NOT A GREAT YEAR. IT'S NEVER A GREAT YEAR UNLESS YOU WIN THE CONFERENCE.

SI: How do you spend your time off?

KW: Time off?! What's that? [laughs] We cram as much as we can into July, boating and waterskiing at Lake Powell. We get out to Hawaii once a year.

SI: Which recruits excite you the most?

KW: I never do that, because you never know how kids are going to transition into D-I football. You would expect juco players to be more ready, but that's not always the case. Looking back over the years I think about the guys who were tapped to be impact players in the recruiting class, and very rarely, if ever, did that happen.

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