I’ll go ahead and get it out of the way: I have no dog in this fight. But it seems that Texas is overly triggered any time an opponent flashes the “horns down” sign, which generally makes me want to see it happen more.
The “horns down” gesture is of course mocking their “Hook ’em Horns” sign that Texas fans used…only it’s turned upside down. It’s really not a big deal. Just some smack talk from opposing fans.
But it seems like Texas goes out of their way to whine about it…which only makes opposing teams and fanbases do it even more.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Texas basketball coach Rodney Terry lost his mind when some UCF players flashed the horns down after upsetting the Longhorns at home.
Just some harmless smack talk after a big road win, right?
Well not to Coach Terry.
In the handshake line, the Texas coach was seen scolding the UCF players, calling them “classless ” for the taunts.
And after the game, Coach Terry again addressed the “classless” behavior from UCF players:
“You lose the right way. You carry yourself the right way. You carry yourself the right way. You don’t go through the handshake line…and have about 6 or 7 guys putting the horns down. We don’t do that. Because when you do those kinds of things, it looks very classless.”
Of course this isn’t the first time that the “horns down” has caused controversy. A couple of years ago, the Big 12 conference announced that any opposing player flashing the horns down during a game would be flagged for a penalty.
This, naturally, didn’t do anything to rid opposing fans of the gesture, and instead just made Texas the subject of mockery for being “soft” and not being able to handle a little sh*t-talking.
And once again, it appears that Texas wasn’t able to handle a little smack talk – from BYU students, no less.
Imagine not even being able to handle Mormon taunting. They’re the most polite people on the planet. Their smack talk is tame compared to what I say to people I ACTUALLY like.
Well some BYU students were spotted in the student section of today’s basketball matchup against Texas spelling out “HORNS DOWN” on their shirts.
And…you guessed it, they were forced to remove the shirts.
The BYU students in the front row with 'Horns Down' painted on their shirts were asked to remove the shirts after the first media timeout, per @Mitch_Harper.
Now, I’m guessing BYU is the one that asked the students to remove the shirts. But if Texas is so mentally weak that the mere sight of “Horns Down” is considered offensive, there’s no way this team is going to survive the SEC.
Imagine telling a bunch of drunk LSU students in Death Valley that they can’t do the horns down.
Do you want more horns down? Because this is how you get more horns down.
Oh, and BYU took down Texas 84-72. If they don’t start winning some games they’re going to be seeing the horns down a lot more.