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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Dr. Chris Hill, University of Utah Athletic Director, isoverseeing the Utes' move to the Pac-12 in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 21, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah athletics director Dr. Chris Hill issued an apology Thursday for a profane rant that was overheard during head coach Larry Krystkowiak’s postgame press conference following the Utes’ 80-77 loss to Arizona State in the Huntsman Center.

“I have had a few days to reflect on a heated conversation I had with an individual following our men’s basketball game against Arizona State on Sunday,” Hill said in a statement released by Utah’s sports information office.

“While my emotions were high and I thought our meeting was private, there is no excuse for the inappropriate language I used,” Hill continued. “I have apologized to the person involved, who is someone I have known for years and greatly respect. I also regret any discomfort to others as a result of my cursing. As the leader of this department, I expect more of myself and I am sincerely sorry.”