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Just when you thought you’d seen it all in the Big 12’s war on players taunting Texas players with a ‘horns down,’ along comes Big 12 Coordinator of Officials, Greg Burks, to make things worse by using “probably” when trying to clarify the league’s sportsmanship rule.
When asked at Big 12 Media Days about the rules, Burks told media members that if an opposing player taunts Texas players with a Horns Down, it will “probably” be a penalty.
Greg, are you high? What does “probably” mean, bro? Is it a penalty or not?
He’s not finished. A Horns Down by a player to his own fans “probably” won’t be a penalty. Seriously. This all came out of Greg’s mouth, and it’s on video. Greg added that it is always a possibility that it will be a foul.
And these people make really good money to be this dumb. Probably six figures. Maybe. Probably.
— Madisyn Daddario (@madydaddariosp1) July 15, 2021
Big 12 coordinator of officials Greg Burks said that if an opposing player does a Horns Down to a Texas player, that will probably be a penalty. But doing a Horns Down toward your own fans "probably won't," be a penalty, although he left open the possibility that it could be.
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) July 15, 2021
Remember when Texas “probably” gained 4-5 extra seconds to help the Longhorns beat Kansas in 2019? It appears the Big 12 is setting up a scenario where a Horns Down foul will be used in a subjective way to make sure the league doesn’t lose money. Let’s say somehow (it’s not going to happen, but let’s pretend) Texas is undefeated going into its final game of the season against Kansas State on November 26 and headed to the College Football Playoff.
Now let’s say K-State is leading late and Texas is in desperation mode. Then some K-State player throws up a Horns Down. Yep, that’s a penalty. The Big 12 has too much money to lose in this scenario. 15-yard taunting penalty!
Big 12 coordinator of football officials Greg Burks confirms Texas gained 4-5 seconds on this play late in its win vs. KU. "We missed, I'm going to guess, 4 seconds there that should have come off the clock," Burks said. " … We did acknowledge that to coach Miles and Kansas." pic.twitter.com/xuGj9AXk10
— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) October 28, 2019