Huge 12: ‘Horns Down’ taunt can nonetheless be a penalty

In what has change into an annual ceremony of passage on Huge 12 media days, director of officiating Greg Burks was requested if the Horns Down gesture directed on the Texas Longhorns was a “useless subject.”

Even with the Longhorns set to depart the league, Burks stated he knew the query was coming, and stated sure, it should nonetheless be a judgment name.

“Let me be very clear with Horns Down,” Burks stated. “I’ve no possession on this image. This image is identical as all different indicators. It is while you do it, who you do it to and which method you do it.”

He then made an attraction to the convention’s constituents north of the Crimson River who’re significantly keen on the gesture.

“Please, state of Oklahoma, I meant no offense,” Burks stated. “You do not have to ship me emails. We’re simply that as every other act and also you word that unsportsmanlike conduct is in there. It’s not about Horns Up or Horns Down is the way that you simply do something on the sphere to an opponent and an unsportsmanlike method.”

Making an attempt to police the difficulty has been a wrestle for officers, who’ve to find out if it is a 15-yard penalty. Outgoing league commissioner Bob Bowlsby as soon as referred to the difficulty as a “tempest in a teapot.” Former Texas coach Mack Brown stated in 2012 that it was taunting and ought to be penalized as such.

“That is one thing we ought to speak about as a league,” Brown stated after a recreation towards Texas Tech. “The Horns Down are disrespectful for gamers on the sphere.”

Final month, after East Carolina baseball followers repeatedly employed the Horns Down throughout the Greenville Tremendous Regional in a recreation towards Texas, UT athletic director Chris Del Conte informed the Austin American-Statesman that it ought to be thought of a supply of pleasure for Longhorn followers.

“After we reside within the brains and minds and hearts of people who go Horns Down, it is an unbelievable praise,” he stated. “We’re glad you are pondering of us. It tells you in regards to the reckoning of the model.”

In 2019, Burks addressed the difficulty, saying Horns Down wouldn’t be a penalty if it wasn’t directed towards the Longhorns immediately.

“In the event that they do it of their bench space, we’re not going to take a look at it. It might be like every other celebration foul, so it needs to be like every other foul now we have. Does it rise to the extent we have to take care of that? It is a sizzling matter.

Final 12 months, Burks reiterated it, and famous it is nonetheless a grey space, significantly if a participant turned to the group to throw the signal, saying regardless of a brand new emphasis on cracking down on taunting, it in all probability would not be a penalty if it wasn’t directed particularly on the opponent.

“Please all of you word, I stated ‘in all probability,'” Burks added. “We now have to contemplate intent and take into account the scenario. We’ll depart it to officers.”

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