Episode 56 - A look at why the BYU-Utah basketball game got canceled
Published January 11, 2016
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    Utah and BYU aren’t playing basketball next year after Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak nixed the scheduled matchup for the 2016-17 season, citing concerns about the heated state of the rivalry. That’s a topic creating opinions and filling social media and other places ad nauseam. That’s why in this edition of the Deseret News Sports Podcast is just the words spoken or released by those involved in the process and nothing else. This week, listen to Krystkowiak (1:30 mark) as he explains his decision to halt the series for the time being, as well as reaction from BYU head coach Dave Rose (24:33 mark) and Utah athletic director Dr. Chris Hill (28:36 mark). Krystkowiak talks about his reasons for canceling the game, including how it sometimes even brings the worst of him. "There’s part of this where I’m actually protecting myself from myself and I don’t know exactly how I’d come across with our players in the week leading up to the BYU game with maybe a little toxin and the venom that I have inside of me. It puts me in a little quandary," Krystkowiak says. "I don’t have any problem with what people think. I know what I know, I know what a feel and I also know that I’m in charge of a bunch of young men right now and I need to talk about discipline and self-control." In addition, he discusses previous incidents (not just the most recent game) that make him feel as if the game and rivalry has gone out of control, and plenty more. Rose fires back stating, he was shocked that Krystkowiak would break off his word for the game. "I’ve been doing this for 32 years — in high school, junior college and now Division I level and we’ve had hundreds of agreements on games. Verbal agreements, handshake agreements, contractual — written contracts and this is the first time I’ve had one not fully executed, so I was surprised." Finally, Hill shows his agreement for Krystkowiak among other topics, such as looking to replace that game on the schedule and more. "We talked quite a bit about it but at the end of the day, we support Larry’s decision and that’s how we feel," Hill says.
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