What does horns down mean?
The “Horns Down” symbol is an apparent diss to the Longhorns' “Hook'em Horns” hand symbol. The 2021-22 college football season is 44 days away. Booooooo!!!!! We ain't no punks around here. Let em throw the Horns down if they wish and suffer the consequences! KVUE.com'Horns Down' symbol 'probably going to be a foul' during college football season
16 July, 2021 - 11:48am
Baker Mayfield likes to have fun, we all know this, so when news broke about the Big 12 cracking down on players using the ‘Horns Down’ gesture, it’s no surprise that he reacted accordingly.
Earlier in the week, Big 12 coordinator Greg Burks made some interesting comments about players using the ‘Horns Down’ gesture this season, essentially saying that players probably shouldn’t throw the sign when playing against Texas.
“If you do a Horns Down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s probably going to be a foul,” Burks said. “If you turn to the crowd and do a Horns Down, it will probably not be a foul.”
Burks’ comments make little to no sense, so Mayfield inserted himself into the equation.
The former Oklahoma Sooner turned Cleveland Brown took a direct shot at both Texas and the former conference he played in on Twitter.
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) July 16, 2021
One could argue that Mayfield doesn’t really have the right to troll Texas like that, but again, he’s an Oklahoma alum. Plus, the comments out of the Big 12 are beyond ridiculous, but the conference must protect its money-making machine in Austin at all costs.
15 July, 2021 - 10:42am
One way college football fans could see that manifest on Saturdays in 2021? Advertisements on players' jerseys.
Greg Burks, the Big 12 Coordinator of Officials, said Thursday that there is now a gray area in the NCAA rules that could allow for a player to place an endorsement on their uniform.
“The NCAA has now OK'd a 16-square-inch patch, four inches by four inches, for any sentiment that you want to hold on to,” Burks said after his rules presentation at Big 12 Media Days. “So unity, whatever it may be, and the individual player can wear that. Not everyone has to wear that.
“So when you ask me about NIL, if (a player) wants to put (a sponsor), does he have that right? Who screens whether or not that’s valid? I don’t have those answers.”
Burks acknowledged how appetizing such a deal would be for each athlete, as it’s something he would consider himself if he were in that position.
“I do know that if I could put a patch on (my jersey), and you pay me 100 grand for that patch, I’d look at it,” he said. “But the rules are pretty specific as to what can go on the uniform.”
For now, Burks said that determination could be at the discretion of the on-field referee, who may have to radio in to Burks himself at the Big 12 replay center. Calls may even go higher up the chain on a game day, Burks said, to the Big 12 Commissioner’s office, illustrating just how broad all of the NIL rules are at this point.
The line could be further blurred when it comes to celebrations on the field.
Burks highlighted taunting as a point of emphasis for Big 12 officials this season. The goal is to promote team celebrations as opposed to celebrations that shine the light on just an individual player.
The entire issue of NIL bleeding over into game days hasn’t been formally broached, Burks said.
It’s not something he would want to have to legislate, but there are two sides to every celebration, he said.
“We don’t want celebration penalties, but you always have to remember when that kid’s behaving that way, that the coach on the other sideline is watching that and saying ‘Howcome that’s not a foul?’ ” he said.
Much like the rest of the NIL rules, college football is uncharted waters.
15 July, 2021 - 10:13am
Big 12 coordinator of officials Greg Burks said at Big 12 media days on Thursday that cracking down on taunting will be a point of emphasis for the league this year.
Midway through taking questions from reporters, Burks was asked about the "gift that keeps on giving" for Big 12 officials: the Horns Down symbol, a taunt directed at Texas that has been an on-and-off struggle as a judgment call for officials.
"Lemme 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."
Burks said if a player turned to the crowd to throw the sign, it "probably" would not be a penalty.
"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."
Two years ago, Burks fielded similar questions about the Horns Down taunt.
"I know people want us to be definitive on that, but it's like any touchdown celebration," he said in 2019. "Is it directed at an opponent or just celebration with your teammates?"
But this year, the league singled out taunting as one of its biggest priorities for officials.
"I promise you, we discuss this every year, because you discuss this every year," Burks said. "I hope in the future that somebody else's symbols will come into play and not just the Horns."