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Big 12 bans 'Horns Down' sign ahead of historic Texas/OU championship game

Big 12 bans 'Horns Down' sign ahead of historic Texas/OU championship

Baker Mayfield horns down
Baker Mayfield stirred up controversy last year after being photographed making the "Horns Down" sign.  University of Oklahoma/Twitter

KVUE — The next big game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners is looking like it might be a little more civil than it has been in years past following a reported decision by the Big 12 to Sooner's head football coach Lincoln Riley.

According to The Oklahoman, Riley reached out to Big 12 officials to see if the Sooners would be able to use their "Horns Down" hand symbol, an apparent diss to the Longhorn's "Hook 'em Horns" hand symbol, during the Big 12 Championship game on December 1.

The Oklahoman reported that Riley wanted clarification after the West Virginia Mountaineers were penalized earlier in November for using the "Horns Down" symbol. The answer to the question was simple: Riley reportedly said on his weekly radio show Tuesday, "Yeah, we can't do it."

Ryan Aber, the Oklahoma Sooners beat writer for The Oklahoman, said context matters, according to his sources with the Big 12.

He said on Twitter, "Big 12 source: Horns down gesture will not be automatically flagged in title game. Context matters. (Can’t be done as a direct taunt, etc.) #Sooners."

KVUE has reached out to Big 12 Associate Commissioner Bob Burda, who said actions made by players that are considered to be "unsportsmanlike" will be penalized.

"If in the judgment of the on-field officials, any action by game participants deemed an “unsportsmanlike act,” is subject to penalty in accordance with college football rules," said Burda.

Essentially, it will be a judgment call by the officiating crew.


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