After much debate and speculation, it is confirmed. The Brigham Young Cougars and the Utah Utes will not continue their rivalry on an annual basis. The good news is that the rivalry will not be discontinued until 2014 and it will resume in 2016.
Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill made the announcement today, July 10, 2012, that Utah will visit BYU in the fourth week of the 2013 season and BYU will return to play in Salt Lake City in 2016. The two schools will not play in 2014 and 2015.
The only other time that BYU and Utah have not played since the inception of football at BYU in 1922 was from 1943-45 during World War II. Thankfully, World War III is not the reason for this second break in the series, but Conference Realignment Armageddon is.
September 21 is expected to be the fourth week of the 2013 season. This date may pose a conflict for BYU and Boise State, however, with the Bronco's moving to the Big East that season the two schools may have already privately worked to schedule that game for later in the season.
BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe released a statement in reaction to this news that included the following: "As a former player and coach, I love the BYU-Utah rivalry. It is one of the great rivalries in all of sports. There is so much history and tradition in the game. I understand Utah has some challenges with scheduling, but, as I've indicated, it's our preference to play the game every year in the future. I know we can find a way to make that happen."
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