Baker Mayfield gives thumbs down to the Big 12′s Horns Down crackdown

Sports 16 July, 2021 - 05:59pm 6 views

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!'Horns Down' symbol 'probably going to be a foul' during college football season

It’s that time of year again where former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield takes a shot at the Texas Longhorns.

Although he grew up in the city of Austin, Mayfield has always expressed his hatred towards the Longhorns. After he wasn’t offered a scholarship to play at Texas, he walked-on at Texas Tech before ultimately exploding onto the scene with Oklahoma.

The Red River Rivalry runs deep on and off the field. On Friday, Mayfield kicked it up a notch regarding the annual ‘Horns Down’ conversation that was brought up at Big 12 media days this week.

Greg Burks, Big 12 Coordinator of Football Officials, stated “If you do a Horns Down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s going to be a foul,” moving forward. That elicited a response from Mayfield claiming that the Texas program is mentally weak and is being protected by the refs.

**NSFW** The following content might offend some viewers, the mentally weak ones of course…. #Boomer #ZebrasProtectingLonghorns

— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) July 16, 2021

The tweet quickly caught the attention of many and surpassed 21,000 likes in a matter of hours. However, the majority of the Texas fan base and players view the Horns Down gesture differently than Mayfield seems to think. To put it simply, they don’t care if someone does it or not.

Bijan Robinson and Keondre Coburn both stated at Big 12 media days that it doesn’t phase them, while D’Shawn Jamison mentioned the same via Twitter recently.

In regards to the officials, it’s considered taunting and is not mutually exclusive to Texas and its hand gesture. Seldom has a player been able to get in the face of another player, taunt them and get away without a 15-yarder. It happens all across college football.

It’s fair to say it’s become a bigger deal to the Sooners than the Longhorns.

One Texas fan even stated “We don’t care Baker. They’re not protecting us and I promise you, If y’all had a historical hand sign, I’d throw it down too.” Take a look at some of the best reactions from Mayfield’s response on the next page.

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Ruling on 'Horns Down' Taunt Brings Ex-Cal WR Chad Hansen to Mind

CalBearsMaven 17 July, 2021 - 07:00am

You may wonder how Hansen, who played at Cal in 2015 and 2016 and recently signed to play the 2021 season with the Detroit Lions, could be connected to a Big 12 ruling on a taunt hated by Longhorn fans.

On Thursday, at Big 12 football media day, Greg Burks, the Big 12 coordinator of football officials, was asked whether a penalty would be called if Texas opponents used “Horns Down” hand sign after a score since it could easily be construed as a taunt and mocks the Longhorns’ “Hook ‘em Horns” celebration sign, shown here:

“If you do a Horns Down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s probably going to be a foul,” Burks said, according to a USA Today story. “If you turn to the crowd and do a Horns Down … it will probably not be a foul.”

So how does that involve Hansen?

Hansen’s celebration for the score was a blatant “Horns Down” hand sign, as seen here:

Hansen caught a touchdown pass from Jared Goff in that game in Tucson to give the Bears a 14-3 lead, so Hansen gave a Forks Down sign to the ASU crowd.

It's best to taunt in victory.

Baker Mayfield has amazing reaction to Big 12’s decision to punish players for ‘Horns Down’ gesture

Saturday Down South 17 July, 2021 - 07:00am

The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner continues to display his dominance over Texas, well after the conclusion of his playing career at Oklahoma.

If you missed this week, Big 12 officiating coordinator Greg Burks offered up this comment when asked about opposing players flashing a “Horns Down” gesture toward Texas players this season.

After hearing about that, former Oklahoma standout quarterback Baker Mayfield had an amazing reaction.

**NSFW** The following content might offend some viewers, the mentally weak ones of course…. #Boomer #ZebrasProtectingLonghorns

— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) July 16, 2021

During his time in Norman, Mayfield went 2-1 versus Texas as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback.

It appears Mayfield isn’t done earning victories over Texas.

Agreed totally ! Maybe the game can become flag-football.

Horns down for weak-ass ’Horns ruling

Deadspin 17 July, 2021 - 07:00am

But apparently, making the “Horns Down” symbol against the University of Texas is going too far.

That makes about as much sense as the plot of The Last Jedi.

Instead of getting so upset at a hand gesture that doesn’t mean anything, why not just beat your opponents so badly that they can’t make fun of you? Huh? If Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger Bryce Harper wants people to stop yelling “o-ver-ra-ted’’ at him, he’ll need to hit some more dingers in front of people who shout it at him. As Max Muncy once said, if Madison Bumgarner doesn’t want him to stare and watch his moonshot home runs, then “go get it out of the ocean.” After Tyreek Hill flashed the peace sign to the Bucs while scoring a touchdown last season, Tampa Bay’s Antoine Winfield deserved an opportunity to flash that same sign back while his team was crushing Kansas City in the Super Bowl. The NFL fining Winfield for doing so was not only hypocritical in every sense of the word, but just plain weak.

Texas needs to stop being so soft. Forcing your opponents to shut up will only do more harm than good. You think it’s done the Astros any favors that they’ve been so adamant about not deserving all the hate they’ve been getting? You think it’s done them any favors that their ballpark staff has confiscated signs and shirts making fun of their team? No! That has only fanned the flame and made the contempt for Houston stronger.

The Big 12 made a huge mistake with this new rule. If they are trying to protect UT, this will only make everyone go after them harder. This decision only limits trash talk on one side. It shows favoritism and encourages fans to treat the Texas Longhorns differently than other teams — exactly like the Big 12 is doing. Let the fans have some fun. If you’re a Texas fan, don’t be mad at opposing fans for making the gesture. Be mad at your team for not being a serious title contender since 2009, because let’s face it, if the tables were turned and it was Oklahoma getting upset at something Longhorns fans were doing, those same fans wouldn’t hesitate to laugh at Oklahoma’s expense.

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Baker Mayfield Slams Big 12 for Cracking Down on 'Horns Down' Gesture

Bleacher Report 16 July, 2021 - 02:05pm

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield took a not-so-subtle shot at the Big 12 on Friday after the conference updated its guidance on taunting, which now includes a potential penalty for using the "horns down" gesture in the direction of Texas players.

**NSFW** The following content might offend some viewers, the mentally weak ones of course…. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Boomer</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ZebrasProtectingLonghorns</a> <a href=""></a>

Mayfield, who starred at Oklahoma during his college career, made ample use of the "horns down" symbol while a member of the Sooners and has continued its use in the NFL.

Big 12 Coordinator of Officials Greg Burks said Thursday a crackdown on taunting was one of the conference's goals for 2021, but he noted a lot of discretion would remain with the officials to handle on a case-by-case basis.

"Lemme put it this way," Burks told reporters. "If you do a 'horns down' to a Texas player as an opponent, that's probably going to be a foul."

He added: "Please all of you note, I said 'probably.' We have to consider intent and consider the situation. We'll leave it to officials."

This year's Red River Rivalry is scheduled for Oct. 9 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The implementation of the updated guidelines will surely be watched closely throughout the contest.

The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner will probably be active on social media, however, especially if OU picks up its fourth straight victory over UT.

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Peterson: The Big 12 Conference isn't even close to signaling the pandemic's end

Des Moines Register 16 July, 2021 - 07:01am

“I wasn't excited about revisiting protocols for this fall, and yet I think if you're honest with one's self, you have to,” he told us. “You have to look at this and say, 'yeah, we wish we were done with it, but we're probably not quite done with it.'

“We are certainly, as we go forward, encourage student-athletes to get vaccinated, and in doing that, to minimize the impact that the Delta variant will have on our activities.

Football games will be played six weekends from now. Stadiums at Iowa State and Iowa are expected to be full of fans again, while other places are still weighing their option.

“University leadership (nationally) is getting pressure on both sides of it,” Bowlsby said. “I think some quarters are pressing to get back to full stadiums, and there are probably people that are pressing to be very cautious about it.

“I think all of our schools are relying on local health officials and doctors that serve on our conference medical committee. We are drawing upon the best information that we can.

He’s not, though, ready to proclaim that the virus has run its course. He’s aware that Delta is nasty, and he’s a big proponent for wearing masks if you haven’t been vaccinated.

“With the Delta variant, there are good reasons that we need to continue to be vigilant, and we will be,” Bowlsby said. “There’s still going to be a fair amount of testing.”

Not all student-athletes have been vaccinated, which is unfortunate. To them, Bowlsby, said be prepared to undergo occasional testing. For football programs that can’t field enough players to safely play a game, there likely will be no postponements in 2021. If a team has too many key performers with the virus — it’s probably going to be a forfeit.

That’s not a threat. It’s not a mandate. It’s a stern suggestion.

“With the Delta variant, there are good reasons that we need to continue to be vigilant, and we will be,” he stressed. “There's still going to be a fair amount of testing. We had a lot of surprises and disappointments during the last year, but ultimately, I think self-discipline became the coin of the realm.

In this respect, Bowlsby is throwing down the gauntlet. Get the shots, or run the risk of getting sick, infecting others and possibly facing the prospects of forfeiting games.

It’s a fact in our new world, as was Bowlsby estimating the pandemic cost Big 12 schools roughly $4.5 million apiece in conference revenue.

“We certainly are going to do everything we can to encourage vaccination,” Bowlsby said. “I think it's very short-sighted to not get vaccinations. Even if the Delta variant weren't around, it makes sense to get vaccinated.”

“We can’t control the narrative of what card gets dealt our way,” said Campbell, whose team did not have a game canceled last season. “We learned to adjust weekly a year ago. Our kids have responded to what the rules and regulations have been within Iowa State. They’ve done a great job with those things.”

“Not just to student-athletes,” he said, “but everyone.”

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