Horns Down

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 On If "Horns Down" Will Be Penalized This Season: 'It Depends'

July 16, 2019 - 4:58 pm

ARLINGTON (AP) — So when is flashing “horns down” considered a penalty and should it always draw a flag?

Greg Burks, the Big 12 coordinator official, said it depends on when and where an opposing player flashes the hand signal that is the exact opposite of the Texas Longhorns’ “Hook ’em horns” gesture.

Burks said Tuesday officials are likely to let it go if someone scores and then turns to their own fans and “it’s real quick.”

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty comes into play if the gesture if directed at the other crowd or bench — the Longhorns in this case — or it is directed toward another player.

“By rule, anything prolonged and designed to bring attention to the individual rather than the team is a foul,” Burks said.

His advice to those wanting to do “horns down”: do it in the back of their own bench area.