The index finger and pinky are unassuming digits, yet used in a certain way can create the most vile and offensive hand gesture in all of college football. This fall in the Big 12, those two fingers could get teams in hot water, potentially even forcing an official to penalize a team 15 yards.
The Big 12 kicked off talking season Thursday morning with coordinator of officials Greg Burks taking the podium at the conference’s media days. Halfway through his presentation, the league’s lead official was asked if the notorious Horns Down symbol will be a penalty in the fall of 2021. The insult to Texas Longhorns will not be taken lightly.
“Let me put it this way,” Burks said. “If you do a Horns Down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s probably going to be a foul.”
Opponents will not be allowed to throw Horns Down at Texas players, but there appears to be a loophole. If a player points the Horns Down to the crowd, they could get away Scot-free.
“Please all of you note, I said probably,” Burks added. “We have to consider intent and consider the situation. We’ll leave it to officials.”
The league has made it a priority to crack down on taunting, no matter how silly it may be. What they do not realize is that they are only making the situation worse. That is why the more Scott Satterfield whines and cries about ‘Ls Down,’ the more you’ll see it when the Casts beat down the Cards in the Governor’s Cup.