The Big 12 is stepping up efforts to crack down on this season’s mockery, and that means we can see a lot less of the “Horns Down” symbol during games.
Big 12 coordinator Greg Burks essentially told reporters in Thursday’s Big 12 newspapers that there will be more flags thrown for unsportsmen at this season’s conference. When asked specifically about the “Horns Down” gesture, Burks made it clear that players will not be allowed to flash at opponents.
“Lemme puts it this way: If you give a Horns Down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s probably going to be a mistake,” Burks said. via David Wilson of ESPN.
Ultimately, it will be up to officials to determine whether a “Horns Down” gesture constitutes unsportsmanlike conduct. Burks said a player may not be marked if the symbol is flashed toward people.
“Please all of you noticed, I said‘ probably, ’” Burks added. “We have to consider the intention and consider the situation. We will leave it to the officials. “
Whether the “Horns Down” gesture is allowed or not has been a topic of debate for years. It’s a popular way to tease Texas people and their “Horns Up” gesture, and most agree that it’s harmless. However, the players stayed marked for use in earlier games.
Baker Mayfield, a former Oklahoma star, made me understand a little bit how he feels banning the “Horns Down” gesture. We’re guessing even some Texas fans aren’t disturbed by this.