Kyle Whittingham was integral in the process of designing and getting Utah's new $30 million football facility, but on Tuesday, he also got to be a part of tearing the old building down.
"That was exhilarating without a doubt," Whittingham said. "I've always been fascinated by big machinery and heavy duty stuff and I'll tell you what, that's a feeling of power when you're up there."
Whittingham hopped into one of the work trucks and helped strip down the facility that helped build two undefeated Utah teams and two BCS bowl wins, all of which helped the Utes get to the Pac-12. After a year in its new conference, Utah is now going to look like one of the big boys from a facility standpoint.
"It's going to be a great recruiting tool for us," Whittingham said of the new facility. "This will put us right toward the top of the Pac-12 with football facilities. This is really the piece that is lacking right now. Our stadium is great, although we want to expand it in the next few years, but we've got a great indoor, the academic facility, really this is the missing piece to the puzzle."
Along with the new building, Utah is also installing a new full-size grass field, a new full-size turf field and lights around both.
Although there were fond memories of the old building, Whittingham couldn't hide the joy he had while tearing it down.
"That was awesome," Whittingham said. "I've never had that feeling of complete control and power at your fingertips."
- Kyle Whittingham