Brad Rock: Keeping Utah-BYU basketball even bigger than football

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  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Dec. 15, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    CO UTE,
    The same way that Utah fans/ BYU haters are always telling BYU fans what is important to us on these articles! I love how Utah fans keep swearing they have moved on and out grown BYU and other schools in Utah and no longer have rivals here but there actions say different! Rushing the field three times after a football game, reading and responding to articles in the Deseret News a pro BYU newspaper! A poll done by your own school which show that 64% would rather beat BYU then go to a bowl!!! I think the rivalry is still alive and should continue!!!

    Go BYU RISE UP!!!

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Get ready to hear the excuses involving PAC 12 refs or the weather inside the huntsman center for the reason byu loses

    "Just like football"

    Get ready to hear it all year long byu fans.

    I will be here every day to rub it in!

    Every time you mention utah's RPI will remind you you couldn't beat us!

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Why bother playing the utes? They really are irrelevant. There are plenty of programs with better teams just fill the slot with them.

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    Dec. 13, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    I think the comment about Scott is correct. Colorado is the rival not BYU. Personally I don't care. If you want to continue playing you do it in around robin format at ESA with the four teams. Utah St, Weber St. UofU and BYU. Call it what you want, maybe the Crossroads of the West Tournament, Tops of the Mountains Tournament, or what ever. Make it a Donation to the Foodbank Game. You need a ticket and a can or you don't get in. It is nice to see other people wanting this same idea I started several years ago. Keep pushing for this, lets get this done. Come on Jazz, you know it is an automatic sell out, throw your hat in the ring on this one. It is only two days and you won't be here

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 4:38 p.m.


    You need to go back and review the Wrubell interview. Coach Rose clearly said he believes the series will end after 2014 and when Wrubell expressed surprise at that he explained that negotions have stalled. He was very clear and his statement has been refuted by everyone at the U. Tom Holmoe hasn't commented yet, but it would be interesting to see if he backs up his coach or confirms what Chris Hill and Coach K have said.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Dec. 13, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    @IndeMak lets reverse that statement:

    Utah has to hang (not hand) their hat on football, as their hoopes team can't beat.... well anybody stronger than DII, let alone a team from the WCC. A conference the utes have a dismal record against to begin with; and yet you and the Chris B types have the nerve to deride it anyway.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    Mormon Ute:
    "Thanks Brad Rock for aiding Coach Rose's desperate attempt to fire up his players and the BYU faithful by making an comment with no basis".

    Seriously? I don't think this was an attempt by coach Rose to do anything other than tell it like it is. He doesn't need to get his players and fans fired up for's a rivalry they will be fired up regardless. And BYU obviously plays enough good teams OOC that Rose doesn't need to fuel any fire to try and manipulate Utah into continuing the series. I think you decided to take what he said and spin it to what you think is happening. All Rose said was they've hit a snag and there's no games scheduled past 2014 and who knows what the future holds. He said that because that is actually the truth and the case here. Taking words from coach K, Rose, and Hill it sounds like there are ideas about scheduling or tournament format, etc but nothing has been signed...and that's all Rose said on the radio show.

  • Trouble Vancouver, WA
    Dec. 13, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    As a fan of both teams (or neither team, if you prefer), let me bring an objective viewpoint. SportsCenter is right on. BYU is the only tough team on the Utes non-conference schedule that will play in the post-season, thus making Saturday's matchup Utah's de-facto "tournament" game.

    As for the round robin at ESA, it's a great idea, but has one big drawback. Teams want home games, and they want students at home games. At ESA you'll alumni, but not students. It would work great for TV fans, though. What the four schools need to do is each agree to a home and home scheduling arrangement. BYU's schedule this year is a good example: Weber St - home; Utah - road; USU - neutral.

  • trueblueBYU Provo, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more with thebigsamoan, and that is why I would like all games between the 2 schools to just end. I simply can't stand the hatred generated in these posts and would rather just see it all end.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    Thanks Brad Rock for aiding Coach Rose's desperate attempt to fire up his players and the BYU faithful by making an comment with no basis. Does anyone really believe Chris Hill wants to do away with this game when just a few weeks ago he proposed a tournament at ESA that would include the four major in state programs? More likely the schedule hasn't been solidified beyond 2014, because Dr. Hill wanted to gauge support for the tournament first. With Utah State stalling on the tournament idea, BYU and Utah will likely go ahead and get the schedule done for another year or two while they work on talking USU into the tournament. So chill out Cougars. Nobody on the hill is trying to disrespect your team.

  • Virginians for BYU Lebanon, MO
    Dec. 13, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    There was a time when the BYU/Utah rivalry was a big deal. The games were not only played for bragging rights but often the outcome played a major role in deciding the conference title, NCAA tourney berths and bowl games. Not anymore. It is just another game. The strategic needs of the two schools are no longer aligned. When it comes to basketball, BYU needs to add SOS to help their resume for the NCAA tourney. Beating Utah isn't going to help much. It won't be counted as a quality win. Utah needs wins and playing BYU isn't a gimme win. All that is left is playing for bragging rights. Until either team really starts to make some noise in the NCAA tournament, bragging rights are not worth much either.

    Unless the fans on both sides really make a stink about the teams not playing, the BYU vs. Utah games will most likely become a thing of the past.

  • Mighty Mouse Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 13, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Is the threat to end the rivalry more of "Dr. Hill" who seems to know more about what Utahns want than we do? How does this guy survive? Once a national power, the Runnin Utes have been a disaster. One of the greatest football rivalries in the country has been badly damaged. How long will it be before the football team has a winning record again? A swimming program out of control. What a resume.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    If the rivalry doesn't continue, it is furhter proof that Utah has gotten too big for its britches. They probably prefer a patsy schedule to run up some wins and keep the tougher games for the conferencee. Time will tell if they can be leaders in their conference. It isn't happening so far....

  • Missouri loves BYU Lebanon, MO
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    Problem # 2 is recruiting. In basketball this is especially a problem. BYU has been picking up many of the best Utah High school players. Many of the other Utah Utah schools also get their share. The University of Utah has a hard time promoting their major conference status when they are losing to weber state, USU or BYU. By not playing instate schools they can create a sense of exclusivity. It is easier to say you are at a higher level than another team that is not beating you evey year.

    Espeically in Basketbal....
    Utah knows that their conference games are not going to get easier.
    Utah knows that local state schools have good coaching, good teams.
    Utah knows that playing local schools would more likely will give them a L vs. a W
    Utah knows that it is going to take time to improve their program.
    Utah knows that the quickest route to more wins is to play less competitive teams.
    Math says play out of state schools who are less competitive to generate wins. An expected loss to Kansas hurts less than a loss to BYU, BOISE, Utah State, UVU, SUU or Lone Peak High school.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    When the Utes stop playing Wofford St and N.D. St maybe then the Cougars should schedule them. But until the Utes have a decent SOS, I would NEVER schedule BYU to play them, schedule a team that actually cares about their strength of schedule, not the utes.

  • Missouri loves BYU Lebanon, MO
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Utah has the same two problems to solve with both football and Basketball.

    Problem #1 is that Utah is losing too many PAC12 conference games to end up with any chance of post season play. To solve this they are looking to find ways to win more out of conference games by creating schedules with lower risk for loses. BYU has beaten Utah more than 90% of the time over the past 5 years. If Utah is looking for wins, the math says don't play BYU. At the current time all of the state schools pose too much risk. If Utah plays only the state schools they know they can beat it would be embarassing.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    @ Indemak

    Boy you're hanging you hat on BYU playing a cellar Pac-12 team? Washington at 8-4? What's that make the utes? And last time I checked, we're going to a bowl game and um, well you aren't.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:46 a.m.


    "just like football the BYU game is irrelevant to the success or failure of Utah's season"

    Don't kid yourself. Until Utah's fluke win over Stanford, the ONLY success Utah had going for them, since joining the PAC, was beating BYU.

    Unfortunately for U, in basketball, you haven't even had that.

  • GW Lindon, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    Larry Krystkowiak told radio show BYU Sports Nation yesterday "I'm not certain; I don't make those decisions solely. Dr. Hill our AD is in contact with BYU's AD. We've been trying to stir up having an in-state tournament at Energy Solutions Arena. I talked to Dave Rose a few weeks ago on the phone about it and just said that I wasn't certain what our plan was here."

    Based on the politically correct comments from the decision makersUtah has been lobbying to move away from the traditional home/away schedule. Either a yearly tournament at a neutral (wink-wink) site, or a 3 year home/away/neutral (nudge nudge) schedule.

    Larry and Chris, since Dave Rose isn't thrilled about your ideas, how would you feel about this 3-year schedule: home/away/UVU Mckay Events Center?

  • BeaMeUpScty HEBER CITY, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    thebisamoan: You are right, but generally, the majority of the people who post are either irrational rabid fans, or simply get their jollies out of trying to rile people up.

    Though I'm a big BYU fan, I'm glad Utah got in the Pac12. Good for them. Everyone needs to do what's best for them. These decisions, including BYU's independent/West Coast decision, have little to nothing to do with their rivals. It has to do with what is best for their schools and sports programs.

    Utah has landed a wad of cash and guaranteed matchup with great teams. Even if they never finish with a winning record over the best of the Pac12, they will get better, will recruit better athletes, and will increase exposure and revenue for their school.

    BYU is making 5 - 10 times what they would have made in the MWC, is scheduling significantly better teams, getting far better exposure, and making significantly more money than they would in the MWC.

    So, really, everyone won. Its simply a shame that with all of these wins, we can't keep the games alive between these two great schools.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 13, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    What good are Utah teams beating up on each other? Is it good for national exposure?

    I really don't care about playing the Utes, or Aggies.

  • MSA lehi, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    It's a joke to think there is a chance that the rivalry in bball might take a break as well. There is enough flexibility in every teams pre conference schedule to put in a game both teams are interested in.

    About the article: I have to disagree with Brad Rock about this game helping out with the selection committee come March, unless you are speaking from only the Ute side. Every year I see how teams on the bubble are evaluated (Good wins & Bad losses). A win for Utah would be considered a "good win" but a win for BYU will not mean much. On the flip side a loss for Utah would not be a "bad loss" but a loss for BYU would be a "bad loss."

    From a national perspective, this game doesn't do much for BYU but from a local/rivalry perspective these games are fun for all involved and should continue.

    Go Cougs!

  • ThisIsMyScreenName! Herriman, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 7:34 a.m.

    @thebigsamoan Amen brother! Best post ever! Go Utes!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Dec. 13, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    Continue the rivalry, but do away with this silly boards! It's bringing out the worst in fans of both sides and does nothing but poison the friendly competition between the two schools. You'd think that people who shares a faith which espouses kindness and civility among it's members would behave better but sadly they're anything but, at least a good number of them do and are just so full of hate! It's so sad!

    Go Cougars!!!

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 6:10 a.m.

    BYU has to hand their hat on hoops as their football team can't beat the PAC 12 cellar dweller.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 12:38 a.m.

    @ SportsCenter

    Wrong. just like football the BYU game is irrelevant to the success or failure of Utah's season. It's all about conf. play. For example, Utah lost to BYU last year, but nobody was thinking about that while Utah was making a great run in the conf. tourney...

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 12:30 a.m.

    @ Thriller

    The Big 4 (Utah, BYU, USU, Weber) deserve to be in the round robin. UVU has no fan base, so they would be a waste of a spot. Westminster and Dixie are NAIA and DII and therefore shouldn't get a place at the table with the bigger programs. It's unfair, but a tournament between these schools won't survive without netting some cash for all those involved.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Dec. 12, 2013 11:24 p.m.


    Strange how BYU's season, which supposedly ended in September, is still going on, while Utah's season ended two weeks ago.

    "Remember, your players called it their Super Bowl and took a bye week to prepare?"

    Name the players.

    Although KVN wreaked havoc on opposing offenses, he still only counts as one player speaking for himself.

    Dec. 12, 2013 11:11 p.m.

    As there are idiotic fans on both sides maybe a more relaxed scheduling of rivalry games is okay. On the other hand, basketball doesn't seem to bring out as much antipathy as football so maybe it is not a big deal to play every year.

    With an average of about 35 games a season winning or losing a rivalry game is not as big a deal as it is in football, so hopefully not as emotionally charged as football. And thus not leading rabid fans to do stupid things.

    Okay, I've convinced myself, keep it! I am looking forward to watching the game Saturday.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Let it end. I won't miss it at all.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:46 p.m.


    "I admit, it certainly does mar what would be good season when you lose to a couple of the worst teams in college football for that year. But back to basketball..."

    Did you just copy/paste that comment from the past four seasons?

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    BYU gains NOTHING by playing Utah. Just do away with all games against them. What are we something like 11 out of the last 12? All they are going to do is drag down BYU's RPI. A win against them won't look good come March. Utah pretty much gave up before the season started with the preseason schedule they crafted.

    Just end it completely.

  • Thriller Saint George, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    Here's my idea:
    Put together an annual 4-team tournament at Energy Solutions arena featuring BYU, Utah, Utah State every year and a rotation among Weber State, UVU, Dixie State, Westminster, etc. for the fourth team. As a Utah and a Dixie State fan I'd love to see this happen. It would be nice to see Utah playing more in-state games and it would give Dixie the chance to go knock off the big boys every once in awhile.

  • adman85 Provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 8:46 p.m.


    I admit, it certainly does mar what would be good season when you lose to a couple of the worst teams in college football for that year. But back to basketball...

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 8:19 p.m.


    "Just like football, Utah's entire season hangs in the balance on this one game - lose to BYU and Utah's season is over before Christmas."

    Nope. In football, losing to Utah, again, would have ended byu's season if it hadn't already ended when they got beat by one of the worst teams in college football.

    Remember, your players called it their Super Bowl and took a bye week to prepare?

    Hang in there, buddy.

  • Hatch Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    Larry Scott controls who Utah plays out of conference and for whatever reason he wants to sever the ties between BYU and Utah. Chris Hill knows if he steps out of line Scott will take him out to the wood shed. Other schools in the PAC12 are not controlled by Scott.

    BYU should do what they did in football and schedule other PAC schools in basketball to replace Utah.

  • adman85 Provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    It isn't about how it helps you. It shouldn't be weighed in the face of an RPI or setting up for a tourney. It doesn't even make or break your season, although bragging rights are nice in their way. Its about playing your rival-- a chance to exhibit passion and investment in a way that other games cannot carry. A team should feel lucky if they have a real rival (even one that might be a little bit down in recent years), and hold onto the chance to play that game with white-knuckle grip.

    Basketball seasons have a lot of games. There are no reasonable excuses to abolish the rivalry game.

    Dec. 12, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    Looking forward to seeing the series continue and agree with Rock that for BB this is good for both teams.

    @sportscenter - possibly the most ridiculous comment I have seen your post. First the game against the Y is important to me as a U fan but far from 'the entire season'. Second, how is a Y fan qualified to make a claim about what is important to U fans?

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    @sportsCenter- already hedging the byu loss with the "that's the only game you get up for" line? You are right though, byu will lose.

  • Austin Coug Pflugerville, TX
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:14 p.m.

    A BYU bball win over Utah has not helped the cougars in years. Utah looks to be making some small strides back to relevancy. However, they also seem to be the one pulling the plug on the rivalry.

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 12, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    Just like football, Utah's entire season hangs in the balance on this one game - lose to BYU and Utah's season is over before Christmas.