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Buddies BYU’s Kalani Sitake and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham take in a Jazz game and putt for charity

Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham and BYU football coach Kalani Sitake visit at halftime of a Utah Jazz-Boston Celtics basketball game.
BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake, left, and University of Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham leave the court after taking part in a putting contest during a break in the game as the Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics play at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Boston won 114-103.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Some red, blue and purple on the front row at Wednesday night’s matchup between the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics wasn’t a political statement.

No, it was just a pair of old friends hanging out at a basketball game and helping out a good cause in the process.

Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham and BYU’s Kalani Sitake sat courtside wearing Donovan Mitchell purple throwback jerseys for Utah’s 114-103 loss to the Celtics and were afforded plenty of screen time during the TV telecast.

The pair also participated in a putting competition during a break in action to raise money for the charity 5 For The Fight.

Whittingham sank his first putt and won the competition, though with a little help from the Jazz Bear, as the duo raised $16,000.