Utah coach says 'toxic' atmosphere halted BYU series
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak says his conduct during last month's heated game against BYU contributed to the decision to cancel the series next season. It's just the second time that's happened since 1909.
Krystkowiak said during a news conference Monday the rivalry has turned into a ''venomous and toxic environment'' and he's concerned for the well-being of the players. BYU guard Nick Emery was ejected from December's game for punching Utah's Brandon Taylor.
Krystkowiak says he's responsible for teaching discipline and self-control.
The coach also lamented a perceived lack of remorse. He said he and Taylor never received apology phone calls, though BYU coach Dave Rose apologized immediately after the game to Krystkowiak. Emery put out a statement in which he apologized after he was suspended for a game the next day.