Poll: Should Utah lawmakers intervene to make Utah vs. BYU rivalry game happen?

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Utah lawmakers, including Gov. Gary Herbert, are chiming in after the rivalry basketball game between Utah and BYU was canceled.

Wednesday BYU athletics officials said University of Utah head basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak told BYU head coach Dave Rose that the Utes will not play the Cougars in 2016.

The game was contracted to be played in Provo at the Marriott Center.

Since Utah is a state school, do you think politicians should intervene and force the game to happen?

“I disagree with the decision,” Rose said. “I know our students, our players, our fans and college basketball fans in the intermountain area want to see this long-standing rivalry continue.”

Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak sent Fox 13 this statement Wednesday regarding the decision to cancel the scheduled game against BYU:

“The events that have occurred in our recent games with BYU led me to ask Dr. Hill several weeks ago if we could take a cooling off period and put the rivalry on hold. The level of emotions has escalated to the point where there is the potential for serious injury. Chris said he would support me in canceling next year’s scheduled game against BYU. I called and let Coach Rose know our intentions a few days after our game (on Dec. 2)."

The Utes and Cougars have played every year since 1909, with the only exception in 1944, when the season was cut short due to World War ll.

The rivalry game is the seventh longest in the college basketball history; BYU leads the series 129-128.

10 comments

  • David

    It’s between the schools! Keep the politicians out of it! They have more important things to do with their time then to intervene in this matter…especially when my tax dollars are paying their wages.

    • Logical Fallacy

      So David, no complaints about them flushing $80,000 down the toilet under the feigned excuse of safety? One technical foul and expulsion that happens often in college basketball? I don’t follow your logic at all. You should be outraged.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Maybe the State thinks it’s a bad idea for the U of U to give the BYU $80,000 as the penalty for cancelling the game.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        Actually BYU fans could care less. BYU will get $80,000 from the U of U for the cancellation and that equates to a win in the eyes of the BYU fans.

  • Ron

    NO!!!! politicians have issues that must be addressed in a short amount of time that we as residents of the State need handled. We pay them for that not to be wasting time in sports.

  • Logical Fallacy

    I find it hilarious that a State funded school would suddenly bristle when their idiotic decisions are called into question by the people that fund them – Utah citizens. Who makes the decision to throw away $80,000 without any discussion or recourse? You can’t separate politicians from this decision since they answer to the people who are paying for it with their taxes. The Utah Basketball coach is a buffoon and the entire nation is laughing at him.

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