I have followed the Utah-BYU football controversy with some interest, amusement and surprise. The surprise comes from the perception by BYU fans that Utah students and fans reserve their ignorance and barnyard manners for games with BYU.
About 1973, I was invited, along with a few other members of a car club, to bring my convertible to the homecoming game. They wanted open cars to carry dignitaries around the track during halftime. It was a nice day, but there was snow in the bleachers.I had been sitting in the student section during the first half, and was disgusted by the crude language, beer drinking and snowballing. Then during our drive around the track, the students snowballed me, my car and the university president riding in back.
I didn't return for the second half. I haven't returned since. The U. opponent that day was Arizona State. ASU won, and I was glad to hear it.
I try not to judge the entire university by its football fans, but given the normal godless, bohemian, ultraliberal atmosphere and attitude of the U., I sometimes wonder why we allow it to exist, let alone support it with our taxes.