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Published: Saturday, Dec. 15 2012 11:19 p.m. MST

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Utah Alum
Orem, UT

Embarrassing Utah; simply embarrassing.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

The greatest rivalry is ALL of sports is the Ohio State / Michigan football rivalry.

You ute homers think the Ohio State/Michigan fans are all in a love fest together?? They make the "hate" you talk about between BYU and utah look like child's play.

nosaerfoecioveht
NSL, UT

Yes, there are definitely some dissappointed, sad 'fans' who seem to be having a hard time with this.

They aren't Utah fans, though.

agarrett
PROVO, UT

This is really sad. The Holy War is one of the greatest traditions in all of college sports, and it's sad to see it die just because the Utah athletic director wants to do things his own way. This rivalry means a lot to the state of Utah, and that's why the games always sell out. I always loved going to the games as a kid--I looked forward to it every year. You can't beat the emotion leading up to it or during the game. And it usually is a great, physical game that comes down to the wire. It's just great football. I hope that 2014 and 2015 will be the only 2 years the 2 teams don't play each other. I remember BYU taking a 2 years hiatus with Utah State a couple years back, but now the series is up and running again! This rivalry is much bigger than the "last 10 years." It's a nearly 100-year old rivalry that is much bigger than you, me, or Chris Hill. Here's to hoping that this great tradition lives on for years to come.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Not many disappointed Ute fans commenting today... was there even one?

Hollis, maybe it's time for you to issue a clarification that it is really only BYU fans (and the media) disappointed by Utah dropping them from the schedule.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

Howard S.

"Not many disappointed Ute fans commenting today... was there even one?"

I saw several disappointed Ute fans commenting... of course if you choose to bury your head in the sand and pretend that every Ute fan that doesn't subscribe to your agenda is not really a Ute fan, then you can live in your crimson bubble and pretend that the Utes would rather play Fresno State than BYU.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

TheSportsAuthority -

Certainly there are some true Utes that are disappointed with the passing of rivalry... But it undeniable that the vast majority of those complaining on message boards and the radio are BYU fans disappointed at being left behind.

Hollis and others in the media are just trying to stir up controversy in the Ute program where none exists.

Disappointed Cougar fans should show some dignity, accept the reality and move on.

D4inSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Here is another Ute fan that is just fine with moving on. Way too much emotional baggage and hate with continuing to play the y every year. Let it go, please.

football43
Morgan, UT

I'm with you D4inSLC. There are other teams that both schools will play that will add intrigue. We all need to move on and let it go. If they never played again I would be fine. After a few years most would forget about the rivalry anyway.

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Fact is, Randy and the BYU fan base just doesn't get it. Utah does not want to play BYU at all because of their fans and the local media treatment of the game! Most of the Utah fans I talk with are just down right fed up with the local media and BYU as a whole. Why schedule a game with a school that it's fans (and media) claim to be the better team even when they lose? If the BYU fan base is so satisfied and contented with their Independence, Why would they even care? The local media says nothing when Utah doesn't play Utah State? For that matter, nothing is said when BYU doesn't play Utah State. Wake up Randy and BYU fans, quit living in 1984. Truth is Utah does not need or want a game with BYU.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Count me as another Utah fan who couldn't care less if we play BYU again. Do you think Hill made this decision on his own, without consulting major contributors? Do you think if those major donors had said keep playing BYU, we wouldn't still be playing BYU? There's always going to be some Utah fans who want to play BYU, especially because they are once again becoming our whipping boy, but the majority of fans I know aren't really going to miss the game.

nosaerfoecioveht
NSL, UT

Utah fan here- couldn't be more ok with our upcoming schedules.

A lot of these upset BYU fans really wish that more of us were upset too. Sorry guys. We're just fine.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

The funny thing about the Cougar fan cheering in the pic that accompanies this article is that Brandon Burton broke his heart in the last play of the game...

It's blocked... it's blocked... Utes win.... Utes win...

It's fun beating BYU that way... but it's also fun watching the outage of the Cougar faithful as is dawns on them the Utah has moved on.

Riley Mendenhall
Provo, UT

We need more winnable games like Idaho State.

I'm glad we won't have to play Utah anymore.

JayT
Bakersfield, CA

USC fan chiming in. Fresno St has a much better team than Utah, right now. If Tim DeRuyter is still coach, that isn't changing in 2014-15. In fact, I'll be nervous about that squad coming to the Coliseum in 2014. As a Central Valley resident, love the direction of that program. Now, if DeRuyter is stolen, by a Big 12 or SEC team after next season, who knows at that point.

Utahute72
Tooele, UT

Here's the real reason that Utah has backed away from scheduling BYU. After Coach Whittingham's family was physically attacked the last two times they went down there both Hill and Whitt decided the Rivalry was too heated and could use a hiatus. What is funny is that in the past the BYU coach has uttered the same sentiment. This rivaly is no longer fun, its destructive.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

TheSportsAuthority:

"I saw several disappointed Ute fans commenting..."

I'm pretty sure most of those "disappointed Ute fans" were really "disappointed COUGAR fans" who had created "Ute fan" handles, and pretending to be us, because I sure don't recognize many of them. Now admittedly, due to the DNews overzealous censorship policy, I prefer to leave the majority of my posts on another periodical, but even still, I recognized YOUR name. And nosaerfoecioveht's, and Howard S', and Uteology's, etc., so I think I can be considered regular enough to say so.

This Ute fan LOVES dropping our irrelevant little brother from the 2014 and 2015 schedules in favor of FSU. There sure are a lot more 4-star recruits in Fresno than there are in Provo AND Murfreesboro combined! Way to go Dr. Hill.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't understand why Coug fans are so upset. You'd think they'd be grateful to Dr. Hill.

BYU gets a 2-year break from playing a team that has pretty owned them over the past 11 years. With their upcoming, much praised "tough independent schedule" BYU can now schedule another WAC, err, MAC doormat to try give them a better shot at becoming eligible for the 2014 and 2015 Irrelevant Bowls.

You're welcome.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

Yup. If you replay the end(s) of the last BYU-Utah game in slow-mo, you can make out that all those Utah students who rushed the field (like, eight times) were all screaming "WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THE RIVALRY! FORGET BYU; WE'D RATHER GET A SHOT AT FRESNO STATE! BRING ON THE BULLDOGS!"

As I've stated in other threads, you don't rush the field when your team wins a game you don't care about. Or, maybe you do . . I confess I haven't watched any other Ute games this year. Is it the MUSS way to rush the field after every win? Makes sense . . with so few wins to celebrate, you make do with what you have. It's cute.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Slop

Classic BYU spin, and thanks for telling me what I care about and what I don't. No one on here said we didn't want to throttle BYU. We must aren't going to miss the game when it's gone. There's a big difference. When Utah was in the MWC I wanted to crush everyone, it was doubly gratifying to beat BYU when we were in the same conference. But now that we are shooting for bigger and better things, like a PAC 12 championship. To that end, WSU and Colorado mean a lot more to the program than does any out of conference game, including BYU, Michigan, Utah State, or Northern Colorado. Does that mean we don't want to win those games? Absolutely not. Does that mean that that emotions won't run high? Of course they will. But that doesn't negate the fact that for the vast majority of Utah fans that I know, we can take or leave the BYU game, as its just an overcharged OOC game.

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