STILLWATER — Jarid Atkinson had his Mike Tomlin moment Saturday.
Atkinson, a member of the Oklahoma State cheer squad, wasn't enjoying a Super Bowl win, but rather was caught on tape extending a foot onto the playing field at Boone Pickens Stadium, as Oklahoma's Eric Striker ran by celebrating his game-ending touchdown in a 33-24 Bedlam win.
The act has become a hot topic on social media, where comments and video of Atkinson extending his left foot have gone viral.
It was reminiscent of Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, who stepped onto the field and impeded a Baltimore Ravens kickoff returner, except Atkinson's move came when the play — and the game — was over.
Atkinson told OSU deputy athletic director Dave Martin that he wasn't actually trying to trip Striker, but that he was instead playfully sticking his foot out in a mocking manner. And he didn't make contract with Striker, who ran past the cheerleader untouched in the back of the end zone.
Still, Martin said Atkinson will be disciplined and added that the moment should be considered a learning experience going forward.
In response to a request from the Big 12 Conference, Martin issued this statement:
“In response to the inquiry concerning the violation of conference rule 12-3-1, the Oklahoma State University athletics department does not condone, physical or verbally abusive acts toward anyone working, attending or competing in our athletic events. I have personally met with all the members of the OSU spirit team and verbalized our expectations for their representation of our department. I have met individually with the male student involved with the incident and he is extremely apologetic for his involvement. And he understands there will be consequences for his poor judgment and actions. At this time, I feel confident the situation has been thoroughly investigated and that consequences for the involved person are warranted and will be administered.”