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Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 12:45 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

“We encourage you to sing – loudly and with pride – whichever version resonates with you

Oh, we will.

Pershing and fellow PC police were never going to change anything - we were always going to sing the one and only version, regardless of what he said.

Goooo UTES

Ogden, UT

Do the altered verses mention anything about the PAC 12? If not I'm sure Chris B will be very disappointed.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT


It will be interesting to hear how many people still will SHOUT the old lyrics at games.

Arm of Orion
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is the dumbest thing that has happened. Dear University of Utah people. Y'all got problems. Sincerely a recent Utah Alum.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

I guess the world is kinder and gentler now. Whatever.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

If the previous version was good enough for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, it'll always be good enough for this Utah Man.

Sandy, UT

I'm sick of everyone's obsession with being politically correct all the time. Look at the effect that it is having on tradition and sports lately... The Redskins can't be the Redskins, coeds can't be coeds, etc. You can't please everyone. We might as well take the word "God" out of the Pledge-of-Allegiance while we're at it. We all know certain groups have been complaining about that one for years. Where does it end??!

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

Another silly liberal victory forcing the University to bow to the alter of meaningless symbolism over substance.

Salt Lake City, UT

Our family will be singing "loud and proud" the original UTAH MAN!
I have to say, I think all this publicity and hub bub is the best thing to happen to our fight song in a long time! I predict lots of people will actually be memorizing ALL the lyrics to the original now instead of just the chorus! GO UTES!!

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Only the weak bow to the gods of political correctness.

Why, AZ

To be true most fans do not know most of the words to this song, so even with the changes it wont matter.

Cedar Hills, UT

This is ridiculous. More PC nonsense. Maybe change the wording to "Utah Woman" and I am betting all would be well with the PC crowd after all we are fighting Obama's phony war on women.... right? I am surpried the U gets to keep the Ute name at all... after all even the mention of the name Ute is degrading ...right? Perhaps a better mascot name would be the "Red Persons". Have to run that one through the PC checker first however to make sure no one is offended. Does RED offend someone? Probably. Mitt was right - a whimmpy nation of victims thanks to Barack Obama.

Columbus, OH

The University knows exactly what they're doing. Let people sing it how they want, but it will be the new words on the video boards. Over time, new students learning the song will be singing the official version, and older fans will cling to the old version. I think you'll be surprised how soon the majority of the crowd will be singing the new version. Honestly, I think many of the fans now don't care that much and will just go along with the change.

Centerville, UT

This is truely a sad day for the University of Utah. What else will the U of U administration find offensive? This is a prime example of where the inmates are running the asylum. I feel sorry for the poor U fans.

Cedar Hills, UT

I've looked for a comment board theme where I could agree with Chris B. Today is that day. I agree with you Chris. (feels good to say that).

This just seems so silly. Perhaps we should suggest a change to "Rise and Shout" because there may be a vocally-challenged wheelchair-bound fan who could become offended. My guess is that most wheelchair-bound readers just rolled their eyes at that one. I'm not sure where this will end, but its quite silly. Not sure how it gathered so much press in the first place. Fight songs weren't written to make sense or to be 'accurate' or to be kind to the opponent. They are what they are. A fight song meant to stir the crowd of fans. Let's just leave it at that, please.

Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT

Are we still allowed to flash the Miami U sign when we sing the alternate versions? I hear dictating what flavor of beer we're allowed to smuggle in is next on the agenda.

ute alumni

pathetic. another reason i gave up my box a few years aago.

Dallas, TX

Why isn't anyone complaining about the Cleveland Indians? Or heaven forbid, the Cleveland Browns that surely someone is going to take offense from.

I'm just waiting for the wildlife lobby to come to the support of the poor sea-fairing Dolphins who aren't getting their fair share cut of the football team's merchandising sales.

Dallas, TX

Those who can't sing should be offended that we have fight songs at all.....

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Are we still allowed to flash the Miami U sign . . .?"


Go ahead; you y "fans" have never been shy about displaying the Yale logo on your slogan t-shirts.

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