Bret Bielema Goes Horns Down

Videos by OutKick

The Texas Bowl is Monday. So as part of the absurdly prolonged bowl festivities, the opposing coaches pose for photos and shake hands at a pregame press event. Generally these events are as boring and predictable as possible. Every opposing team is awesome, well-coached, supremely talented and much better than its record suggests. You know the drill: It’s all one big banal cliche. Unless, that is, you happen to be Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.

Today in the midst of a handshake with Texas coach Charlie Strong, Bielema went with the downwards Hook ‘Em Horns sign. 

This. Is. Spectacular. 

The photo comes to us via Aaron Peters. (Given that this is the Internet, there’s always the possibility the picture’s Photoshopped. But the photo was immediately shared on Twitter and Facebook by the guy linked above, a member of the Arkansas media at the press event. If he made it up, this is the stupidest prank ever. All Photoshops, by their nature, are stupid.).

Assuming it’s real, I suppose Bielema could argue this is a coincidence — “My upper palm needed to be scratched in the middle of the photo” — but it’s pretty hard to accidentally end up with your fingers in this position, pointing downward in the Hook ‘Em gesture, while you shake the hand of Texas’ head coach. Nope, this seems pretty damn intentional. 

You’ll recall that in past instances of the downward horns sign, ESPN’s Jesse Palmer had to apologize to Longhorns fans for doing it in the broadcast booth and Vince Young once got in a strip club fight when someone flashed the downward Horns logo at him. Yes, both of these things really happened. 

We’ll update you when Bielema issues a response or it’s 100 percent confirmed as a Photoshop. 

Until he does, he is now Outkick’s favorite head coach. If he claims that he was scratching his upper palm, he may remain our favorite coach forever.  

UPDATE: Bielema and Arkansas deny that he made the downwards Hook ‘Em sign and say it’s a Photoshop, but the media member who initially posted the picture has fired back with his own series of photos from the press event.

So did he or didn’t he? 

We report, you decide.

UPDATE 2: Video appears to confirm that Bielema did, in fact, do the downwards Hook ‘Em sign. Unless, that is, people are now Photoshopping video too. 

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.