Lawmakers to audit university after canceled rivalry game

Utah's head coach Larry Krystkowiak directs his team against Southern California during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah lawmakers are ordering a review of the University of Utah sports department after leaders canceled a basketball game against rivals Brigham Young University.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( that the audit is the first of its kind and was quietly approved earlier this month by the Legislative Audit Subcommittee.

State auditors will probe the department’s “efficiency and effectiveness,” a wide-ranging description that distinguishes it from other assessments of the state’s publicly funded colleges and universities.

House Speaker Greg Hughes says the U’s decision to back out of a contest that’s part of a century-long rivalry makes him wonder. Hughes is a graduate and fan of BYU.

University Athletic Director Chris Hill says he’s committed to transparency. Auditors say they’ll be reviewing the department until the end of the year.

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