Web Exclusive: Ruth Watkins' thoughts on the rivalry with BYU

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Web Exclusive: Ruth Watkins' thoughts on the rivalry with BYU (Photo courtesy the University of Utah)

(KUTV) President Ruth Watkins is, of course, aware of the University of Utah's rivalry with Brigham Young University.

"I think rivalries are generally healthy," she said. "Competition often spurs us to do our best, to work hard, and perform well."

But, she also believes that "we can be rivals on the field and partners in the academy."

Watkins says the U and BYU are collaborating on grants, projects, academic partnerships, and more.

"There's a lot of partnership that's also standing with the rivalry," she said. "Of course, we want our fans and our friends to conduct themselves well, even as they are enjoying the spirit of competition."

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