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%.
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.
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.
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.