Texas coach Mack Brown said opponents flashing the upside-down Hook ‘Em Horns sign is “disrespectful” and something the Big 12 Conference should discuss.
Brown's comments came Monday, two days after Texas wide receiver Mike Davis drew a flag for mocking Texas Tech's “Guns Up” sign.
Davis reportedly made the “Guns Up” sign and then holstered it after his two touchdown receptions in the Longhorns' 33-21 win Saturday at Texas Tech. Davis was warned the first time and penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on the second.
Brown's comment about the upside-down Hook ‘Em Horns came in response to a direct question about that gesture, The Dallas Morning News reported.
"The Horns down is disrespectful," Brown said. "We ought to talk about that as a league."
A Texas cheerleader named Harley Clark created the “Hook ‘Em Horns” hand signal at a pep rally in 1955. And almost as soon as he flashed it (pinkie and index fingers up), some opponent turned it upside down.
Oklahoma Sooner fans and players have helped popularize it, though players are told not to do it after a sack, a gain or a touchdown (although some players have done it anyway.)
“It sounds like Texas whining, like they're always whining,” OU defensive end R.J. Washington said of Brown's comments. “Honestly, I thought that was a penalty. Coach Stoops told us not to do it when we played ‘em. He said it would be like showboating or excessive celebration or something like that.”
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.”