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Published: Monday, Nov. 28 2011 11:00 p.m. MST

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Linville, VA

Hmmm. As a long time Cougar fan, I never sensed much of a "rivalry" with Hawaii. Perhaps it was a one-way rivalry. Sure, they beat us a few times in spectacular fashion, but those always seemed liked flukes... not the stuff of true rivalries. A number of teams in the MWC also talked about a "rivalry" with BYU but really, our rival has always been Utah. Whether that will change now who knows? But Hawaii was never a rival, IMHO.


@ Linville, VA

Sure not in the classic sense of the Utah Vs. BYU rivalry. The Hawaii game is truly a "Local Boy" rivalry. Many of the Polynesian players of Hawaiian, Samoan and Tongan heritage either are from prep schools on Oahu or from some of the other Hawaiian islands.

Also, you have the LDS connection with these boy's now you have the making of a good old fashion " church basketball " grudge match.

So yes you are sorta right it is not the Utah thing, but to the " Local Boy's " dis is dakine beef brutha !



I would have to say that the average BYU fan would say that there is no rivalry between UH and BYU. Yes, BYU vs UTAH is the biggest for the state. You have to factor in location proximity, recruiting war, fan base. For UH who has no other in state state college team, BYU is their rival. They only had to look across the field to see all the their highly touted local boys playing for BYU. I know that the BYU players once understood the intensity of the game. When was the last time a BYU tight end flipped the double bird on a opposing crowd. That would be Byron Rex after he scored a touchdown against UH!

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