Published Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 | 5:40 p.m.
Updated Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 | 6:31 p.m.
Players from Boise State and Utah were involved in a minor skirmish Sunday in Las Vegas outside a massage room during a welcome reception for the Las Vegas Bowl.
A bout of pushing and shoving broke out while players from both teams were waiting to get a massage at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip where the reception was held. A few dishes were broken in the incident.
"Guys are competitive and they get excited," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Monday. "It’s not that uncommon in bowl situations. It’s unfortunate. You don’t want that to happen, but I think it’s behind us.”
Players and administrators from both schools downplayed the situation's significance Tuesday.
"Utah was hyped up and so were we," said Boise State defensive lineman Billy Winn. "We all just happened to be in the same room. Nothing serious happened.”
No one mentioned any names involved and no players were disciplined. Utah moved to a lower level of the restaurant to separate from Boise State following the outbreak.
Utah running back Eddie Wide said he was on the other side of the room and didn't make anything of the incident, but that some of his teammates could have extra motivation for Wednesday night's game because of it.
“Everyone’s going to talk a little smack," Wide said. "That’s just how the game goes."