New BYU Boss Trying to Cool Inter-school Rivalry

New BYU Boss Trying to Cool Inter-school Rivalry

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- In the fierce rivalry between BYU and the University of Utah, Cecil Samuelson has made the jump.

A former Utah vice president, dean and professor, Samuelson is now BYU's president.

In one of his first public speaking engagements since donning the BYU blue, he says he's been surprised by the intensity of the feelings some have expressed. He says some seem to be more concerned with what happens on the athletic fields -- rather than at the schools themselves.

Samuelson says he has faced a lot of questions from people who just can't believe he'd be able to switch from one school to another. But he says people from both schools can learn to respect one another and get along -- despite the heated rivalries in sports.

He spoke to the Salt Lake City Rotary Club yesterday.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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