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Utah-BYU basketball series could be in jeopardy after 2014, Rose says

First Published Dec 10 2013 08:45PM      Last Updated Dec 10 2013 08:45 pm

The BYU-Utah football series is taking a two-year break, and won’t be played in 2014 or 2015 unless the teams happen to meet in a bowl game.

Now comes word that the BYU-Utah basketball series might not be played every year in the very near future. For sure, the Cougars and Utes will play on Saturday at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.

They are contracted to play next year in Provo on the second Saturday of December.

But on his weekly coaches show on KSL Radio on Tuesday night, BYU coach Dave Rose said talks to continue the series beyond that have stalled.

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p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> "Coach [Jim] Boylen and I put that [four-game agreement] together. We were both really excited to continue the series even though the conferences were going in different directions," Rose said. "In the last two years, as we have played through this contract, we have had discussions about extending the contract, but right now, we are kinda stalled. These may be the last two games we get."

"Really?" host Greg Wrubell asked, incredulously.

"Yeah," Rose said.

The Utes have said recently they won’t do home-and-homes with Utah State and Weber State any more, and now it appears they don’t want to give them to BYU, either. Stay tuned.

Wrubell also asked Rose whether or not football defensive end Bronson Kaufusi will join the BYU basketball team, as he did last year when the season was over.

"We need to have that discussion after the bowl game [on Dec. 27]," Rose said.

The coach went on to say that all the parties involved — Kaufusi, his father, Steve, coach Bronco Mendenhall and Rose — will probably sit down together and talk about it after the bowl game. However, the Cougars’ WCC season begins the day after the bowl game, on Dec. 28 at Loyola Marymount.

Rose spoke to reporters after the basketball team practiced Tuesday afternoon in the Marriott Center.

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