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Will Utah-BYU series survive?

Posted on: June 18, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 3:30 pm
 

Utah's move to the Pac-10 means Utah and BYU will no longer be in the same conference.

It could also end the basketball series between the two rivals.

"It'll be interesting to see if we play them now," Utah coach Jim Boylen told CBSSports.com by phone, at which point I asked if he wants to continue the series by playing every season and alternating courts.

"I love the rivalry," Boylen answered. "I also think it's always the most soldout game. So financially, for both us, it's pretty good. ... But I don't know. I don't make those decisions."

The truth is that if Utah (Pac-10) pulled out of its series with BYU (MWC) the Utes would likely be criticized the same way Washington (Pac-10) was criticized for pulling out of its series with Gonzaga (WCC). Nobody likes it when an in-state power in a "power" league refuses to play an in-state power in a league outside of the BCS; it's viewed as a sign of arrogance. And, beyond that, the Utes don't need to give BYU the opportunity to tell recruits "they're scared to play us," which is why my guess is that Utah will continue the in-state series and play the Cougars home-and-home, at least once a season.

That's the other thing people forget, by the way.

There's nothing that states non-league schools can't play twice in a season.

It almost never happens, I know.

But it could if Utah and BYU wanted it to happen.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2010 1:13 am
 

Will Utah-BYU series survive?

There's nothing that states non-league schools can't play twice in a season.

It almost never happens, I know.

But it could if Utah and BYU wanted it to happen.
While it certainly doesn't happen all the time, last year Utah State (WAC) played Weber State (Big Sky) twice and New Mexico (MWC) played New Mexico State (WAC) twice as well. I am really most familiar with these WAC/MWC programs, but I would not be surprised if there weren't a few other similar situations out East.

I love the rivalry and we'll certainly need basketball to help keep it going. With no conference championship on the line and the game most likely moved to September the football rivalry is the one I am most concerned with. BYU becomes a pretty big time risk to a team that already has to play USC, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, etc almost every year and who has a Rose Bowl or a National Championship riding on going undefeated. I think the rivalry is almost dead, but keeping the two matchups a year in basketball (men's AND women's) can only help to keep it alive.



Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2010 8:21 pm
 

Will Utah-BYU series survive?

Irrelevant???? Yes they are in a better conference but Utah will lose to BYU in the basketball series for years to come. 



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Will Utah-BYU series survive?

BYU is officially irrelevant now. Weber St. will be BYUs new rival.



Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:10 am
 

Will Utah-BYU series survive?

It should be an easy call to continue the hoops series between Utah and BYU -- I mean, why not continue it?  It's a great regional rivalry and will become both schools' most important non-conferenca game.  There's no harm in playing tough OOC games in basketball, unlike football, where one loss can derail a potential championship season.

The real question is whether or not they will continue to play each other in football.  With Utah playing better competition in the Pac-10 (12?), will they play a tough in-state rival for one of their non-conference games?


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