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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 24 2010 1:13 a.m. MST

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alternate
Salt Lake City, UT

I will say it if you won't Mike. The Utes don't want another hard game in December. A game in Logan against Utah State is most likely a loss. Playing Pollyana Tech at Huntsman is a much better proposition winwise than the Aggies in Logan.

This is sad because if the Utes won't play in Logan, Ogden and maybe even Provo, for that matter, they will be stuck with PTech at Huntsman. You can't expect the other State rivals to play a one sided series.

This is sad because there have been many great games between the schools over the years.

Wonder if attendance would improve at Huntsman if Utah State, Weber State and BYU rotated years rather than Pollyanna Tech and her sister schools.

Would you not also see great attendance figures at the other schools? Maybe a pretty good proposition for college basketball in the Utah.

Come on Chris, sign the contract.

Ironmomo
Ogden, Utah

Utahs football program can afford to be arrogant and schedule teams that best suit their pursuit of a national championship; however, Utahs basketball program cannot. With only one 20 win season and 1 NCAA appearance since the 04 season it appears that the basketball program may be trying to pad their schedule to get to that magical 20 win season again. Considering they will be playing the likes of Stanford, UCLA and other top teams in the PAC -10 is daunting, but dropping in state home-n-home rivalry games like Utah State and Weber State to play confidence builders like Grand Canyon and Adams State is ridiculous and not fair to the fans.

fan29
Orem, UT

This is sad. Is Utah going to bring in the Mississippi Valley State schools like BYU did last night? Glad I don't have season tickets to go see that. Would much rather see a USU Weber or SUSU play in Salt Lake or Provo than these worthless teams that come to the Huntsman and Marriott Centers.

tron527
Provo, UT

This really looks more like Utah trying to duck good competition than a problem with scheduling. I think most Utah fans would rather see a probable loss to a good USU team in Logan every other year than beat Delta State in the Huntsman Center every year. You can't get better by beating clearly inferior teams. Better to be challenged than to be bored.

onewhoknows
Providence, UT

There are plenty of games in a b-ball season. I would love to see home and home games with the in-state schools every year. That is much better than watching Middle Valley State Community High School College come into town.

Utah Man
Salt Lake City, UT

Funny, if Utah was "ducking" competition, than they would have never joined the Pac-12. I agree, it is silly and ridiculous if Utah and Logan State do not play every season, but let's see what happens. My guess is that the pressure from the alumni will be so great that the series will continue. By the way... Logan State is not exactly the program they claim to be. Talk about "ducking" competition and padding states.

aljmac
Salt Lake City, UT

Chill out everyone. Utah will still play its instate siblings and remain the best basketball program in the state.

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Noone really cares about Utah State outside of Logan. They will continue to get worse now that the WAC is going, going, going .. . . gone. USU will have to find a new conference. May I suggest the West Coast Conference for B-ball and the Big Sky I-AA in football?

Why would a PAC-12 team want to play Utah State in Logan? I don't see UCLA lining up to play a home and home with Utah State?

Just because Utah comes from a mid-major environment should it become more benevolent than its new conference mates?

I am sure the Utes will play the Aggies, just not on a regular basis.

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

Chris says: "It's appropriate to take a step back and assess where we are with our new Pac-12 schedule next year," Hill said. "It is prudent for anyone in our position. We don't want to rush into anything."

Interpretation: "We have new bosses now. It's not really about the fans, sports, and rivalries. It's about who signs our 'paycheck' not the fans. So, We don't want to rush into anything. After all, were low man on the totem poll now. It's not prudent for anyone in our position to make decisions."

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Love this PAC-12 glow of arrogance. But, the reality is the U B-ball team has been at best mediocre for the entire 21st Century. As for the great PAC-12, it was one of the worst B-ball leagues in the country last year. So, the question is why should an established top 30 basketball program like USU continue to schedule such an inferior bottom 50 program like the U has become?

bookonwomen
Beverly Hills, CA

We need an all-state tournament.

Seed 1-8 BYU, Utah, Utah st. Weber St. SUU, UVU, Dixie St., Westminster. You add Dixie and Westminster to make 8 and you bring in a Cinderella element and it's all of Utah's college teams.

The top 4 get a home game at the start of the week. The 4 winners advance to the semis held on Friday at ESA or the top seeds home floor. The championship is Saturday with a 3rd/4th place game also.

How you finish determines next years seeds. You could even have a losers bracket for a 5th/6th place so all of the teams are guaranteed a least 2 games and 3 at most.

Lets makes this happen.

Balan
West Jordan, Utah

Why would the Utes want to play USU? There is much better competition in the PAC-12.

BYU is the next one to scratch from the list.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Stew rightfully will not play in Salt Lake without the Utes agreeing to come back to the Spectrum.

Majerous was never afraid to take on the Aggies. Shows how much the Utes BBAll program has fallen.

Jeff ls
Farr West, 84404

See! this is the perfect reason for my long time suggestion. Each year the DN & Tribune and local business leaders could sponsor a four team tournament at the Energy Solutions Arena. The tournament involves Weber State, Utah State, UofU & BYU. The games could be on a Friday / Saturday evening. Perhaps when the Jazz are on the Eastern road trip. It would be a huge success. You could use the event to promote Food Donations or some other worthy cause. It would be the hottest ticket in town. Double header each night. Winners play winners and losers play losers. The best part of all is no home cooking. No team would have a home court advantage. Come on someone, catch the vision of how great this could be. Maybe even expand one day to UVUU and Southern Utah State and make it Thursday thru Saturday.
Jeff

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ProvoAggie
Provo, UT

@UU32

UCLA may not be lined up for a home and home with USU in basketball but USC just signed a home and home deal with them. They'll be playing in the Spectrum in 2 years.

Aggie Steve
Draper, Utah

Utah basketball has dropped to new lows thanks to Boylen who is in his last year by the way. Looking forward to a good thrashing tonight in Logan. Go Aggies!

bjfcubsfan
Wellsville, UT

Hey Balan: You say there is much better competition in the PAC-12? How come the PAC-10 had as many NCAA berths as the WAC last year and half as many as the Mountain West? It's not a basketball conference, which is probably why the Utes will feel right at home.

Jeff ls
Farr West, 84404

Ironmomo, You should rethink your comments about Utah's schedule. Bowl games are not part of the Schedule. They are a result of winning the games on your schedule. Go back over the last ten years of Utah's Schedule and tell me the great and ranked teams that Utah has played on their SCHEDULE. They play the toughest teams each year when they play TCU, Air Force and BYU. Name another team that has been ranked when Utah has played them. Michigan-worst team in years. They did play one this year and it was a good test for them, maybe. I get tired of hearing Ute fans brag about their bowls. Bowl Games are never scheduled. When you are yacken, understand what you are yacken about.

Tin Man
Layton, UT

Didn't know Dave Rose was coaching in Salt Lake now...

pocyUte2
Pocatello, Id

Actually, from what I understand is that Utah ans USU are still negotiations about it. Utah still has Weber St. on the schedule because WSU agreed to play all the games in SL. BYU is Utah's biggest rival, so that will have precedence over USU. Given an 18 game season with those 2 games and a tourney that takes up about 24 games from a 30-32 game season.

My guess is, the two schools will work it out

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