Football Season and the Start of the School Year
Aug 29, 2012 1:00 PM
This time of year is one of my favorite because it’s the start of a new school year and that means, among other things, the start of the football season. Having lived in New York City for 14 years, it feels great to be back on a campus that really appreciates college football, and has a Pac-12 team, no less. I’d venture to say that the University of Utah football fans rival the intensity of those at the University of Oklahoma (where I grew up). For me, the same crimson and white colors have made it an effortless transition to go from OU fan to Ute fan!
One highlight of the pre-season is the Crimson Club lunch, which just recently took place. In Rice-Eccles stadium over 400 devoted crimson-clad fans, gathered for a tex-mex lunch and Coach Whittingham’s annual in-depth analysis of our team. We heard about the offense, the defense, the special teams. Who’s really improved this summer. Who has never looked better (good news--our quarterback!). The new recruits who will make their debuts. And of course, how optimistic we are about a fantastic season to come. Then at the end, there’s a raffle to give out Utah gear to an audience that probably has more Utah stuff per capita that any other group in the state.
I attended the Crimson Club at the invitation of a very special person for the University, Carol Fay, who together with her husband Richard, have been passionate supporters of the institution and especially the health sciences for decades. Carol came to Salt Lake to be the district director of the IRS, and was the first woman in every management position she held in the IRS and the Social Security Administration. At the Crimson Club lunch, Carol, or I should say Dr. Fay (she received an honorary doctorate from the U in 2009), hosted 80 of the most influential and community-minded women leaders in the Salt Lake area. I can’t tell you how much it warmed my heart to see them decked out in their finest red and cheering the University on. The strength of an academic institution comes from the community that nurtures, encourages, and guides it. Here at the University of Utah, we are really blessed.
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