BYU, Utah to resume basketball rivalry in 2017-18

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BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe speaks to the media during his semi-annual press conference. The Utes and Cougars will resume their rivalry in 2017-18. (Maddi Driggs)
BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe speaks to the media during his semi-annual press conference. The Utes and Cougars will resume their rivalry in 2017-18. (Maddi Driggs)

The University of Utah announced on May 26 that the Utes will travel to Provo during the 2017-18 basketball season for a game with BYU.

“Tom Holmoe and I have agreed to a game in Provo in November or December of 2017,” Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill said in a press release. “We are in the process of formulating plans for the future with BYU.”

The rivalry was put on hiatus in January when Utah head basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak paid $80,000 for a buyout of the contract between the two schools. The buyout came about a month after BYU guard Nick Emery punched Utah guard Brandon Taylor during the Dec. 2, 2015 matchup in Salt Lake.

BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe said he was “disappointed” in Utah’s decision to cancel the 2016 game with the Cougars and added that the rivalry was “bigger than any of the individual participants and should be played every year.”

 

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