Just when the college football atmosphere is getting soft, Big 12 coordinator of officials Greg Burks is doubling down.
A tweet by ESPN’s Ada Schefter shared by YouTuber UrinatingTree shows the conference is going to be cracking down on the ‘Horns Down’ taunt towards the Texas Longhorns football team.
The ‘Horns Down’ sign is mostly used to mock the Texas Longhorns team anytime they lose, often used by rivals West Virginia Mountaineers, Oklahoma Sooners and Texas A&M Aggies. Burks said if any player uses it towards the Texas team, they will ‘probably’ be penalized—possibly for unsportsmanlike conduct.
”If you do a Horns Down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s probably going to be a foul.” Burks said via Schefter.
However, Burks said that if a player does the taunt to the Texas student section or crowd, it wouldn’t be counted as a penalty.
No matter how you take it or what conference you represent, this is a little excessive.
Fans have been complaining about the sport getting soft for a few years now, yet this may not help any matter. Hopefully not penalizing players for the taunt will solve it.