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Mack Brown says upside-down 'Hook 'Em Horns' is disrespectful

OU FOOTBALL — The way opponents like Oklahoma use Texas ‘Hook ‘Em Horns' symbol is disrespectful and something the Big 12 Conference should discuss, according to Longhorns coach Mack Brown. His comment came in response to a direct question about the gesture Monday.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: November 5, 2012

/articleid/3725945/1/pictures/1877229">Photo - File photo - OU fan Chad Perry, a junior from Lawton, flashes the Hook ' em Horns sign as Texas players come onto the field at the OU-Texas game in the Cotton Bow in 2003. Staff photo by Jim Beckel
File photo - OU fan Chad Perry, a junior from Lawton, flashes the Hook ' em Horns sign as Texas players come onto the field at the OU-Texas game in the Cotton Bow in 2003. Staff photo by Jim Beckel

So not at all or do you do it while running out onto the field?

“Oh yeah, definitely running out onto the field,” Washington said. “Definitely when we get back to our bench but you can't do it when you're out on the field because after you make a big play like that, you don't want it taken back just because you threw the horns down. Whatever.”

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he wouldn't hold it against his players if they flashed the upside-down horns.

“I think if I did it it'd be a little immature and foolish, but, you know, they're just having fun,” Stoops said. “They're not trying to disrespect anybody.

“Certainly he's entitled to his opinion. I don't think it's personal, but, obviously, maybe they're taking it that way. I don't think it's a big deal.”

When a media member added that Brown implied that the upside-down horns should be a penalty, Stoops paused.

“Really? If they tell us it's a penalty, we'll tell (the players) not to do it. I've got bigger things to worry about,” said Stoops, who is preparing the Sooner defense for Saturday's game against Baylor.

“We got bigger issues, especially this week.”


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