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Big 12: Oklahoma Players Will Be Penalized For ‘Horns Down’

first_imgOklahoma football player does "Horns Down" gesture to troll Texas football.DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: Running back Mossis Madu #17 of the Oklahoma Sooners gives a downward “hook em horns” sign while walking to the field alongside the Texas Longhorns band at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Those who believe Texas football gets special treatment from the Big 12 have received a solid feather in their cap this week.Over the last few weeks, opposing teams have ramped up using the “Horns Down” gesture, the upside-down version of Texas’ “Hook ’em Horns” used to troll UT.West Virginia players were especially enthusiastic in using it during their dramatic win in Austin a few weeks ago… and some fans even kept it up during the wild home loss to Oklahoma, which makes no sense for myriad reasons, but here we are.Since, there have been rumors that the conference would look into the “Horns Down” non-issue that, and it has done exactly that.Today, ahead of Texas football’s Big 12 Championship date with Oklahoma, the league has deemed that “Horns Down” will be penalized.From KOCO:“With the Big 12 Championship on the line, a new mandate has come down for the Sooners: The ‘horns down’ hand symbol will draw a flag.University of Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley had asked the Big 12 for clarification after West Virginia was flagged twice in a game earlier this month. He heard back and said that they cannot do it.”Quite frankly, this is a ridiculous distinction. It isn’t a lewd gesture, it isn’t a middle finger, and there is no inherent offense behind it other than “we don’t like Texas.”After issues elsewhere in college football, specifically last weekend’s editions of the Egg Bowl, LSU vs. Texas A&M, and North Carolina vs. NC State, the Big 12 wants to keep scuffles and violence to a minimum. However, “Horns Down” is pretty innocuous.[KOCO]last_img

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