"You never know exactly what to expect, and I've been fooled before by the draft," Whittingham said. "It really speaks to the level of commitment of our players: the hard work they put in, the development that takes place. This particular group of guys worked extremely hard."
As for the green room experience, Whittingham said "everything was first class." While he had hopes that Bolles might go earlier, he was glad to see John Elway snatch him up, and rested easy knowing that he'll join fellow former Ute Devontae Booker.
"I think he's in a good situation," he said, "and I think he'll flourish in the Denver organization."
Pac-12 meetings this week
The athletic directors and head coaches of the Pac-12 are meeting this week in Phoenix to discuss all manner of items. This is annually when the league's power brokers talk about bowl affiliations, TV deals and other business of the conference.
In a Monday conference call, Whittingham said he was particularly interested in several NCAA rule changes, particularly an early signing period which will allow high school seniors to sign letters of intent in December (the current early enrollment period for junior college players and early graduating seniors).
The rule change was approved by the Division I council last month, and will also prompt early official visits from high school juniors between April and June — all of which Whittingham views as positive developments.
"It gives us a chance to get some more clarity on the situation when there's an early signing period," he said. "It will eliminate some of the 'decommit-recommit' in the game," he said.
Whittingham also views early junior visits as helping some prospects who have less means and less time to travel to schools; spreading out official visits earlier could give them a wider array of selection.
Home-and-home with Wyoming set
Utah football's nonconference schedule is getting a brush of regional flavor starting in 2020.
The Utes have agreed to a series with Wyoming, one of their former conference rivals. The series will be stretched out across five years, with games in 2020 and 2025.
The Utes will travel to War Memorial Stadium in Laramie in the first game, scheduled for Sept. 19, 2020. The Cowboys will return in 2025 to play at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Sept. 6.
Utah and Wyoming have met 83 times on the gridiron, with Utah accounting for a 51-31-1 series lead.