Sorry, amigo, BYU's women's team is a classy bunch, there's no
need to distance oneself from them. Besides that, your post makes no sense;
Utah's men's team WON before exercising the buyout clause in their
contract. Please, keep increasing the viewership of Utes articles, though! :)
And Amy didn't mention that the Utah women were beaten by BYU again this
year which means they will most likely not renew the rivalry game next year : )
Yeah, that's probably the reality East Coast Ute, but you would also like
to see your universities fill a need that exists. And if it isn't Utah,
maybe someone else. UVU turned the tide of universities dropping wrestling
programs by adding one. When I wrestled in college 30 years ago, BYU, Weber,
and Utah State all had programs. Go back 40 years add in the U, Snow and SUU.
So we have a woman's basketball program that has one whopping
athlete from Utah while scores of Utah wrestlers leave our state, some even
becoming NCAA All-Americans and champions. Again, there is a real need for
wrestling programs in Utah and it would be nice to see a couple of other
universities step up and add a program, and if they have to add another
woman's program, I'm all for it, more opportunities for more people.
eagle, it will be years before Utah adds any athletic programs. The additional
conference revenue is currently going toward paying off facilities upgrades with
several more likely on tap and improving the current sports across the board.
Then, another women's sport would need to be added first for Title IX
purposes, perhaps field hockey or I've heard women's rugby, which has
just received sanctioning by the NCAA. Women's rugby is much bigger out
east than west, but pioneering a westward movement in an area where men's
rugby is this strong could prove fruitful. Anyway, I'm not saying wrestling
would be a bad idea, just that it would take a while.
Nice story once again by one of the great sportswriters in our state Amy
Donaldson, but I would love to see Utah renew its wrestling program. It would
feel its roster with plenty of Utah wrestlers. The state is talent-rich with
wrestlers but only one university has a wrestling program. So many of our top
wrestlers have to leave the state. It would be great if the U would lead the
charge and bring back its wrestling program so more home grown athletes could
have the opportunity because quite frankly other sports aren't giving out