Speaking strictly for myself, if I see the refs throw a flag against Georgia should a player flash the horns down sign, I’m gonna be one POed Dawg fan.
Opponents have been known to flip that sign to a “horns down,” the equivalent of a Georgia player taking Florida’s Gator Chomp and doing it after a big Bulldog play.
The Big 12 frowned on horns down. So much so that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said before the league title game against the Longhorns that a player doing a “horns down” would draw a penalty, according to the Norman Transcript.
The Big 12 said that an “unsportsmanlike act,” by rule, is subject to a penalty.
“That was a weird deal,” Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said days after the Sooners beat Texas in the Big 12 championship game. “I wasn’t going to waste my time doing it anyway during the game. After the game have at it. I don’t know. For them to make it a penalty was pretty ridiculous.”
Georgia safety J.R. Reed, who hails from Frisco, Texas, saw plenty of Hook’Em Horn gestures growing up. He was asked if he’s practiced the horns down.
“I don’t know if that’s a flag for this game,” he said. “I think that’s only a Big 12 rule so I’ve got to find that out….I’m going to find out and learn my rules so I don’t get a flag.”
Here’s the answer from Wright Waters, the executive director of the Football Bowl Association:
“It is a judgment call,” Waters said. “Remember when kids were giving the throat slash action? For a long time it was called different by different conferences until finally there was a national standard.”
The issue is taunting if an official feels a player is taunting by doing it, they will probably call it. But purely a judgment call.”
Hey, Wright, how do you have a “national standard” for a signal that’s directed at a single school? Asking for SEC refs who’ve been just fine flagging teams for the Gator chomp.
They’ve got a Pac-12 crew calling the Sugar Bowl, so that doesn’t exactly give me room for comfort.