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Future of the Utah-BYU ‘holy war’ looks bright

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Posted at 10:40 PM, Aug 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-19 10:09:34-04

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill released a statement Tuesday saying a contract to extend the rivalry is on the desk of BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe for games in 2019-20.

The teams are scheduled to play in 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

Hill said they’ve also have discussed tentative days for 2021-22 season. That would have Utah and BYU playing each other the next seven seasons after not playing last year and this year.

Hill announced the news in response to what he called inflammatory statements made by a local radio host toward him personally in regards to the rivalry.

Hill said the message he has heard from the Utah season ticket holders is they support the decision to take a two-year hiatus from the BYU rivalry in order to play Michigan at home.

Hill said he doesn’t like to announce things until they are signed, but he felt it was important to let people in the state know of their future plans after his personal integrity was attacked.