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Published: Friday, July 26 2013 5:40 p.m. MDT

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idaho cougar fan
Twin Falls, ID

Hope it happens soon. It would be fun to see it in November every year!

North Salt Lake, UT

Even Larry Scott is selling out the DN Cougar-Haters. LOL

What have been some of the main themes in these comments for the past year? Utah doesn't need BYU, they will never schedule BYU again, let alone agree to a November game, Larry Scott doesn't really care for BYU and thus will never allow them to play a PAC-12 in November.

Yet now we see Dr. Scott mention BYU in the same breath as Notre Dame, and agree that scheduling BYU in November could be beneficial to the conference. Makes me chuckle.

Salt Lake City, UT

"Yet now we see Dr. Scott mention BYU in the same breath as Notre Dame, and agree that scheduling BYU in November could be beneficial to the conference. "

You must have a read a different (perhaps imaginary) version of the article. Dr. Scott doesn't mention BYU in any sentence where he mentioned Notre Dame, nor did he say that BYU-Utah in November would be "beneficial". In fact, none of Dr. Scott's quotes contain the word "BYU".

Highland, UT


Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

In regards to the Direct TV deal

Get er dun!!

Do a one year contract, and get the games on nationally like every other real school does.

Farmington, UT

SoonerUte he did say that nothing was cast into concrete. Maybe after a decade Utah will be released from the PAC 12, who knows? Wouldn't that just drive a few of "U" trolls just crazy.


Well, with the news today that BYU and USU will play every year, it's good to know at least 1 team in the state of Utah has the moxy to play BYU every year.

Can't say that same thing for the little school on the hill.

Go Cougars!


Hopefully the powers-that-be on the Hill will come to their senses and let the rivalry die. Utah no longer has anything to gain by playing their weak little brother to the south, and everything to lose.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

The Independant Conference lets us play who we want.

Salt Lake City, UT

Here's the direct quotes from Scott...

“We haven’t changed our fundamental policy that nonconference games going forward need to be the first three weeks,”

“But because having these Notre Dame games for USC and Stanford is a high priority for us, we made a decision recently that we want to do that even if it opens up some other nonconference games later in the season.”

“Basically there were some openings that came up as we looked at future calendars that made sense for them to reinstate the rivalry game, which we think is terrific,”

“We’re not at the point where we’ve said it’s something that’s going to be grandfathered the way the Notre Dame rivalries (are), which go way back in our conference,” “But we’ll see. The thing about the football calendar is it’s an evolving thing and I don’t think anything is set in stone permanently.”

As you can now see the references to byu are fill in by the DN. Keep chuckling, so are Utah fans!

west valley city, utah

I'm looking forward to playing usu each year. I have a lot of respect for their football and basketball programs. As far as the utes go they will dewinde away in the PAC 10.2 sports wise. It's a good thing that u of u is a great medical institution. That will be the only notoriety they will receive from the PAC 10.2. And that's the ONLY reason why their in the PAC 10.2.

Go cougs!

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

We need to drop the little brothers and let utah find their own games in NOvembe

Beaver Native
Garland, UT

Since I am from a rural area of the state and have no interest in the U of U, whether or not the BYU-Utah game occurs regularly is not of much importance to me, and a Pac-12 team probably would be better off not playing non-conference games with the same teams every year. However, the game is of high importance to a majority of the fan base at both schools. Playing every other year or so seems to make more sense for Utah, and the rivalry would continue for now. My prediction is that since Utah has joined the PAC and BYU is becoming a team with a worldwide fan base, the game will decline in importance, but it will continue on a sporadic basis.

If BYU ever joins a conference, it will be more difficult for the rivalry game to continue on a regular basis.

Oceanside, CA

Re: Cougar Independence

"Well, with the news today that BYU and USU will play every year, it's good to know at least 1 team in the state of Utah has the moxy to play BYU every year".

That's right. Two mid-majors playing each other with each having something to win. Utah doesn't need BYU and I would rather see them play teams such as the scheduled games with Michigan. There's nothing to prove by beating BYU and their having the stature that they do, there's no benefit. 8 out of 11, already dominating in in-state recruiting, the U has moved on. Keep dreaming and enjoy your independence.

Layton, UT

cougar independence,

Call me when byu has the moxy to beat Utah...or any quality opponent.


@Coug Independence

"At least one team has the moxy to play BYU every year!"

Getting temporarily dropped for Michigan has really hurt some feelings down south.

Danbury, CT

If U guys have really "moved on", then why the obsessive need to post on every BYU article? I'll believe it when I see it.

let's roll

Whoops, the PAC-12 Commish considers the BYU-Utah game is a "rivalry game" and says it's "terrific" that it's been reinstated. Looks like he believes there's something to be gained by he U playing the Y.

I guess he's not reading the talking points the U sent him indicating they've moved on. Quick, someone remind Dr. Scott that the U's rivalry game is with Colorado.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

The PAC-12 may claim that they are making an exception for storied rivalries (such as USC vs. Notre Dame, a game played yearly since the 1920s), yet how is the Stanford vs. Notre Dame rivalry game (besides some games before the 1990s, it has been played yearly since 1997) more deserving than the BYU vs Utah rivalry, aka the Holy War (also played yearly since the 1920s, with the exception of during WWII)?

Since the PAC-12 (and apparently Utah as well) has relegated it to just another out-of-conference match-up, only rarely worthy of being played outside of the first few weeks of the college football season, a storied rivalry just as long-lived and heated as the USC-Notre Dame rivalry will slowly start to die following this year.

Some fans may say that their team no longer needs the rivalry; yet isn't that part of the fun? I think it's rather unfortunate.

Surf is Up
Miami, FL

I would like to see the games played in November again. A lot of the ute fans seem to be ambivalent about it, and some just outright feel too superior although I'm not sure how they justify it.

@ImaCaMan & GoRed: I knew a kid with your mentality in grade school. He rarely got picked to play on the popular kids' team. But, on the rare occasion he did get picked he immediately started disrespecting the kids on the other team-- embracing a sense of superiority he didn't deserve; even his friends.

The kid rarely did well, almost never contributed to the success of the team (which I was usually on); but somehow he felt immediately entitled to sneer down his nose at the kids not picked onto his team-- most of whom were better players than him.

You see. Just by being picked onto the popular kid's team he suddenly viewed himself as equivalent to an elite, and the others kids were mid-majors. It didn't matter to him that he was unable to show any merit for feeling that way.

Kind of reminds me of somebody... but who?

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