Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham Thinks Spring Football Season Is ‘Doable’

Aug 25, 2020, 1:15 PM | Updated: Aug 31, 2020, 12:54 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is trying to look ahead to a potential spring football season.

Whittingham spoke with the media for the first time since the Pac-12 announced that they postponed fall sports. He gave some ideas as to how a spring season could work.

“I think it’s doable. Is it likely? I think right now, it’s probably 50/50,” Whittingham said. “At best we can pull something like that off, in my opinion, I don’t have any inside information other than just my own thoughts. It would have to be an abbreviated season in order to be able to not impact the ’21 fall season because that’s really critical that fall of 21 goes off as normal. That’s that’s pretty much got to happen”

Listen to the full interview with Kyle Whittingham, below:

What A Spring, Fall Season Would Look Like

When asked about the possibility of a spring season along with another full 12-game slate in the fall of 2021, Whittingham thought it was “doable.” What would that look like?

“I would see maybe a spring ball type of a routine given to the Pac-12 teams that would that would be somewhere in late September, October, early November, somewhere in there and then a fall camp, I guess you could call it equivalent starting in early January, and then maybe start games that towards the end of January or early February,” Whittingham mentioned. “Five, six, seven-game schedule that would put you towards the end of March.

“Maybe you have a playoff game or a championship game between the North and the South. I know there’s even some discussions about maybe bowls jumping on board and being available for something in the spring,” Whittingham added. “But, again, that’s just all in the infancy stages and you know a lot of ground needs to be covered before we get to that. We’ll just see what happens. But it’s plausible. We’ll see how, you know, I think it would be a clearer picture in the ensuing you know, three or four weeks.”

The Crimson Corner came up with a plan last week of how a season in the spring and fall of the same calendar year can be played.

No Utah Players Have Desire To Transfer

Since the Pac-12 and Big Ten have decided to not play football in the fall. Players from the Pac-12 have already seen players transferring. Arizona had two players enter the transfer portal in linebacker Colin Schooler and his brother Brenden. Both have said they want to play for a school that is playing in the fall.

As of right now, the other three Power-5 conferences (Big 12, SEC and ACC) have said they are moving forward with the season in the fall. Whittingham was asked if any of his players have expressed any interest in transferring to a school that is playing in the fall.

“Zero conversations with anybody on our football team about transferring,” stated Whittingham. “That’s not to say that might not be in their mind or in, you know, at the forefront of their mind. But, it would have to happen pretty quick now, we’re into this pretty deeply. I would say the odds are most likely against that. Although, you know, it’s still conceivable, but I’ve heard nothing. No one’s come to me, no one’s approached me. I’ve heard no secondhand information about anybody that is thinking along those lines.”

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Utah Utes - Lauren McCluskey...
Michelle Bodkin

ESPN To Air New Investigative Documentary About Lauren McCluskey

It's been nearly four and a half years since Utes' track and field star Lauren McCluskey was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on the Utah campus.
14 hours ago
Michelle Bodkin

Kyle Whittingham’s Thoughts On The First Day Of Spring Ball

Utah football is officially in spring ball mode and head coach Kyle Whittingham had some thoughts to give the media after day one.
2 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

Alissa Pili: Culture Is A Big Part Of Our Success

The Utah women's basketball team is Sweet 16-bound and Alissa Pili believes the Utes' success is largely due to the culture they have built.
2 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

Maile O’Keefe, Utah Gymnastics Take Home Pac-12 Honors

Maile O'Keefe was named SOTY in the Pac-12 along with three other Red Rocks teammates receiving Pac-12 Honors Tuesday morning.
2 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

Utes Bulletin: Things Happening In Utah Athletics (Week Of 3/20/23)

Spring football is here for the U while several smaller sports are having major successes, making a bulletin for Utah Athletics necessary.
2 days ago
utah softball first baseman Ellessa Bonstrom...
Brian Preece

Ellessa Bonstrom, Abby Dayton Lead No. 19 Utah Softball Over Arizona Wildcats

A wild weekend in Tucson saw the No. 19 Utah Utes softball team take two of three games against the then-No. 17 Arizona Wildcats.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham Thinks Spring Football Season Is ‘Doable’