Looking more and more like its time to move on Utes and Cougars. As a Cougar I
am fine with a future absent Utah. One nagative for BYU is temporary
scheduling problems. One negative for Utah is a drop in potential
athletic department contributions. Losing a local rival results in that.Hopefully, what could be the last game in September; will be a
celebration of what has been a storied rivalry and not a vitrolic hate fest.
The football program is bigger than the National Kidney Foundation.
As a BYU fan and season ticket holder since 1990, can we all just agree that the
rivalry is over? What made the rivalry fun was that we were in the same
conference and the game usually had some impact on the standings in the
conference and bowl games. Now, whether we like it or not, Utah is more
concerned about winning the PAC-12 which they should be, and we are more
concerned about exposure. The two universities have simply parted ways and have
different goals to accomplish. Neither is right or wrong or better/worse than
the other. Just different.
Hatch:Your comment on losing potential donor dollars makes no sense
at all. Are you insinuating that Utah would have more donations coming in just
by playing BYU? How does that work? Conversely, based on your logic, losing the
rivalry game would also work against BYU as they too would lose a local rival in
Utah. Yet you fail to mention that aspect. Partly, I think, because your initial
statement is not valid either to BYU nor Utah. BYU will always get their
donations, as will Utah, regardless of the rivalry. It plays no part at all.