As a Utah football fan, I was disappointed that the university decided not to participate in a bowl game this year. The decision seems to follow the leadership of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who was the first to decide not to participate in football this year and only decided to reverse that decision after other schools were all playing. Then as the season ended, about 75% of the Pac-12 teams opted out of bowl games because it had been such a hard year, playing five games instead of the usual 11 or 12.
Is it any wonder, with this defeatist attitude promulgated by Mr. Scott, that the Pac-12 had gone from the “Conference of Champions” to a conference who cannot get a team in the top 25 at season’s end? Maybe when the U. comes around asking for hundreds of dollars in Crimson Club donations to retain your current stadium seats, the fans ought to “opt out.”