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Utah Utes guard Brandon Taylor (11) draws a foul on Brigham Young Cougars guard Nick Emery (4) as Utah and BYU play in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Utah won 83-75.

On what was already an interesting day in relations between Utah and BYU after it was announced that wide receivers coach Guy Holliday will be leaving Provo for Salt Lake City, the men's basketball part of the rivalry got involved when the Cougars athletic department announced Wednesday afternoon that the Utes won't play in the annual game in 2016.

Naturally, Twitter quickly became a place for supporters of both sides to express their thoughts and feelings on the matter.

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Fans and other observers initially reacted with some confusion, as it wasn't immediately clear why Utah removed itself from the game.

A short time after BYU announced that the Utes' decision, the Utah athletic department released a statement from head coach Larry Krystkowiak in which he said the rivalry needs a break after it got particularly heated in December, when Cougar guard Nick Emery punched Ute guard Brandon Taylor.

The Twitterverse responded to this as well, mostly in a humorous manner. Some highlights:

https://twitter.com/PKKinahan/status/684876529558368256

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.