Note: This story is part of the Deseret News sports team’s Flashback Friday series, which looks back at memorable moments involving Utah teams.
The football game between BYU and the University of Utah is always intense. However, in November 1999, the rivalry between the two schools turned violent when a BYU fan and a Utah cheerleader got into a fist fight.
The incident began when a fan, Brandon Perry, jumped from the stands onto the field in Provo to chase cheerleader William Priddis.
“The cheerleader … carried a large red and white flag when he was tackled from behind after a touchdown in the second half of Utah’s victory. Priddis repeatedly punched the fan, who was arrested for the rest of the game,” the Deseret News reported at the time.
The article notes that BYU athletic director Val Hale played a small role in the incident: He had a rather heated conversation with people on the Utah sideline, asking the cheerleaders to keep their distance from BYU fans.
“I thought we were going to have a riot on our hands,” Hale told the Deseret News on Monday after the game.
After the incident, BYU police launched an investigation. Among other things, they considered whether Priddis had gone too far.
“Whether the response to (fan presence on the field) is appropriate or not will be left up to the courts,” BYU police lieutenant Greg Barber said in 1999.
In the end, Priddis did not face charges for his role in the fight. A BYU fan, Perry, didn’t either, even though he was banned from the BYU campus. The Deseret News reports that the ban will not affect Perry’s ability to go to the Missionary Training Center. (He was reportedly ready to start his mission just a few days after the fight in the field.)
In 2010, Priddis captured the Deseret News while reporting in Afghanistan. He said later that those who remember the fight are often surprised to learn about his military service and his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“The thing that probably surprises a lot of people is that I’m not a degenerate monster,” he said.
Priddis also said her Army friends like to tease her about her cheerleading days.
“They think it’s funny. Because it’s all over the Internet … I still get asked about it all the time,” he said.
Who is BYU biggest rivalry?
The Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars and the University of Utah (Utah) Utes have a long-standing intercollegiate rivalry. To see also : Jaguars 2022 Offseason: Week 2 OTAs – WR Christian Kirk. The annual college football game is often referred to as the Holy War.
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Are BYU and Boise State rivals?
It’s a game that produces memorable moments and is a perennial rivalry. One of BYU’s goals each year set by head coach Kalani Sitake is to win the rivalry game. This may interest you : Mr Motivator announced as head cheerleader for the 2022 TCS London Marathon. The three rivalry games listed in the goals include Boise State, Utah, and Utah State.
Who is Boise State’s biggest rival? Fresno State Bulldogs Regardless of the conference or the distance between these two schools, the Fresno / Boise rivalry has been a favorite for several years.