BYU-P last beat Utah 2093 days ago.
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As fans, we have a responsibility to make sure our voice is heard. This is our plea to our athletics director, Dr. Chris Hill, to immediately abandon his negotiations with BYU for the 2019-2022 seasons.
With games already contracted for 2016, 2017, and 2018 we understand those are unlikely to change. However a vast amount of Ute fans have voiced their displeasure of playing BYU in consecutive seasons going beyond 2018. Many fans feel that the novelty of the series with BYU has worn thin and we'd prefer to see our non-conference games feature an actual P5 opponent that we have yet had an opportunity to play. Utah plays in arguably the best division in college football, the PAC-12 South. Those games should be featured more prominently without having BYU as a distraction because it seems to be confusing our local media who don't understand that Utah and BYU are no longer forced to play by the means of a conference schedule. Yet the media prefers to create constant noise around the rivalry to pressure the powers that be at Utah into keeping it on life support. Scheduling BYU only detracts from our difficult PAC-12 schedule because it's treated as the most important game, when in fact, it's the least important. It's not fair to loyal Ute fans who want to see our program extend beyond it's boundaries and play some exciting teams from around the country. We want what's best for the University of Utah, not what's best for those who benefit from us.
As loyal fans, students, and alumni of the University of Utah, we would ask Dr. Chris Hill to please reconsider his recent attempts to negotiate a new series with BYU for 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. Instead, look for new avenues to pursue so that we may enjoy continued excitement with programs that will catapult our proud program to greater heights!
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