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Utes part ways with receivers coach Guy Holliday

Move comes in aftermath of two wide receivers entering transfer portal

Guy Holliday, Utah wide receivers coach, works with players during a spring football practice in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
Guy Holliday, Utah wide receivers coach, works with players during a spring football practice in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. After five seasons as Utah’s wide receivers coach, Holliday is no longer with the program.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

After five seasons as Utah’s wide receivers coach, Guy Holliday is no longer with the program.

A university spokesman confirmed Tuesday morning that Holliday won’t be coaching the Utes when they kick off spring practices later this month.

Before joining Utah in 2016, Holliday spent three seasons as BYU’s wide receivers coach from 2013-15.

“If you know me no one speaks for me I speak for myself! The only thing anyone wants is an opportunity. I’m thankful for the opportunity,” Holliday tweeted Monday evening. “At the end of the day no fan no game ever meant more to me than my players. Change is consistent in life and I love new challenges!”

Holliday’s departure comes after Utah saw two of its top wide receivers enter the transfer portal — Bryan Thompson and Samson Nacua. Thompson, who played in 33 games, and started 12, at Utah, averaging 22.9 yards per catch, has enrolled at Arizona State. Nacua entered the portal last Friday.

Holliday’s son, Justin, a high school wide receivers coach, tweeted Sunday his frustrations about the school’s decision to dismiss his father. But those tweets were later deleted.