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Big 12 clarifies that ‘Horns Down’ gestures in its championship contest will be penalized

Posted November 28th, 2018

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According to the Big 12, the Horns go up.

The Oklahoman reported on Tuesday that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley had told a radio station that evening that the Sooners will be penalized for any “Horns Down” signals in this weekend’s Big 12 Championship Game. Riley had previously asked the Big 12 for clarity on whether the well-known anti-Texas celebration was a punishable offense. Riley’s need for a consultation drew some laughter this week from Texas defensive end Charles Omenihu.

Texas fans have gotten used to seeing opponents celebrate with the inverse of its “Horns Up” signal. In a game against West Virginia earlier this month, however, the Mountaineers were assessed two 15-yard penalties for the gesture. Big 12 spokesperson Bob Burda told ESPN that day that referees had the authority to determine if the “Horns Down” sign was taunting.

The Big 12 hasn’t just sided with Texas in the Red River Showdown. Two weeks ago, Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager was publicly reprimanded for comments he made about the Sooners. Texas (9-3) and Oklahoma (11-1) will meet for the second time this season on Saturday.

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