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"As a former coach and player, I love the BYU-Utah rivalry. … It’s one of the great rivalries in all of sports. There is so much history and tradition in the game. … I understand that Utah has some challenges with scheduling, but as I have indicated on several occasions, it is our preference to play the game every year. … In the future, I know we can find a way to make that happen."

Oh, brother.

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He doesn’t get it. Utah has bigger fish to fry now.

A small minority of Ute fans believe they don’t need a rival anymore, especially not that backwater bunch down in Provo, even though Hill clearly pointed out that keeping BYU in 2014 and 2015 is "over-scheduling."

Most of those people who think the world is Utah’s rival now, and that what has been built over the better part of a century should suddenly be tossed to the curb, are extremely intelligent fans, fans who are mature and have a lot of life experience and also a broad perspective on the matter.

They should be listened to.

Yeah, Chris Hill got this one right.

Two notably successful major college football programs located just 50 miles apart that have been playing each other for longer than any of us has been alive and that draw the passions of everyone in the state and that unify and divide families and households and friends and captivate us all have no need to go on playing every year.

It’s too inconvenient, too hard.

So, so hard.

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Bring on Paducah State.

GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.

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