Kyle Whittingham is unabashed 'New Kid in Town'

Fri, Aug 5

To many people, music is like food for the soul.

Food energizes the body. Music energizes spirit and creativity. Human beings cannot survive without food, and some would argue it wouldn't be worth surviving without music.

So when the Pac-12 head football coaches visited ESPN headquarters recently, Page 2 asked each of them the following question as part of a wide-ranging questionnaire: What song or performer is on your iPod that might surprise people?

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, whose team is set to embark on its first Pac-12 season after moving in from the Mountain West, didn't hesitate for a moment.

"There's nothing but classic rock," Whittingham said. "Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Eagles. Rolling Stones. The Beatles. Nothing but classic rock. That's the one constant in my life."

Page 2: If you were stuck on a desert island and could have only one album, what would it be?

Whittingham: "Best of the Eagles."

Page 2: What's better -- new Eagles or old Eagles?

Whittingham: "All Eagles."

Indeed. Now, if we could only figure out what the lyrics to "Hotel California" really mean ...

[Editor's note: Page 2 interviewed all the Pac-12 head football coaches during their recent visit to ESPN headquarters. Look for excerpts all month in the Page 2 blog. Page 2's Pac-12 questionnaire -- where coaches voted on the most attractive cheerleaders, best mascot, most dapper coach and much more -- will be released Thursday, Aug. 25, along with Q&A interviews from all 12 coaches.]