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, VASure 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 !IMUA !!
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!