Dr. Chris Hill addresses the crowd as Utah announced its move to the Pac-10 over the summer.
Oct. 7, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY--In preparation for its move to the Pac-10 Conference in 2011-12, the University of Utah has made adjustments to its future non-conference schedules, Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill announced today.
The Deseret Duel rivalry series between Utah and Brigham Young will continue in both football and men's basketball, with the other sport rivalry games still in the development stage.
The modifications to Utah's football schedule include a home-and-home series with BYU in 2011 and 2012. The teams will play in Provo on Sept. 17, 2011 and in Salt Lake City on Sept. 15, 2012.
"We are excited to continue our rivalry with BYU in football and men's basketball and our other sports are busy working out the logistics to make it happen as well," said Hill. "It is an important rivalry to our fans and to everyone involved with Utah athletics."
"We are pleased to announce the Deseret First Duel rivalry games will continue with Utah," said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. "The BYU-Utah rivalry is one of the best in the country and very important to the fans of both schools."
To make room for BYU on its non-conference schedule, Utah canceled a three-game series with Boise State in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The buyout for the Boise State games will cost a total of $350,000 and Utah will recoup $250,000 from Iowa State, which canceled its return game. The Utes filled the ISU vacancy with a home game against Montana State on Sept. 1. Still in place is Utah's game at Pittsburgh on Oct. 8, 2011.
While the long-term status of the Utah and Utah State rivalry is unknown, the two schools will complete their previously signed contract for a four-game series in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Utah anticipates playing a nine-game Pac-10 schedule in 2011 with five games in Salt Lake City.
Several scheduling decisions have also been reached regarding men's basketball--working around an 18-game conference schedule featuring non-divisional play. Among them, Utah and BYU have signed a four-year home-and-home series featuring one game a year on the second Saturday of December. The first game is scheduled for Dec. 10, 2011 in Salt Lake City.
2011 Utah Non-Conference Football Schedule Sept. 1 (Thu.) Montana State Salt Lake City Sept. 17 at Brigham Young Provo, Utah Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh