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.
Fans and other observers initially reacted with some confusion, as it wasn't immediately clear why Utah removed itself from the game.
This sucks. https://t.co/iQCud6mH9J— Coach Amicone (@TrevorAmicone) January 6, 2016
Don't care the rationale or who's responsible. Utah and BYU not playing one-another in basketball is flat-out idiotic.— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) January 6, 2016
Garbage. I can somewhat understand the football decision due to limited games. There should be no excuses w/bball https://t.co/ld6PKV1ZQ9— Jackson Emery (@jacksonemery04) January 6, 2016
I now finally understand why they are called the runnin Utes— JazzCougs (@JazzCougs) January 6, 2016
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:
@1280Spence don't start nuttin won't be nuttin.— Mike Pancake (@_vwag23) January 6, 2016
So essentially, Utah bball is putting BYU bball in timeout— 5InARow couch coach (@Brandt_Anderson) January 6, 2016
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Even if this truly was Larry K's intent, it's a miscalculation. A one-year hiatus will only fuel the mutual anger. https://t.co/3Rv0NWNht1— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) January 6, 2016
I heard someone spilled Swig on Krystko's family #sources— hobo (@hobocita) January 6, 2016
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.