It’s funny sometimes how when I write my Horns up! commentary piece, that I do every week here on Hook’em Headlines, that this week I would be writing an article about the “horns down” that opponents do towards the Texas Longhorns. Now, during his weekly press conference today, Mack Brown made some very interesting comments about Mike Davis’s penalty for taunting when he did his “guns down”
Some people in the national media did not agree with Mack Brown’s statement. Graham Watson of Dr. Saturday saying the comments were similar to an old man saying “you kids get off my lawn!”
Now, I agree with Graham Watson to the extent that no one had a problem with Mike Davis holstering the Texas Tech guns up in his touchdown celebration, but everything else I disagree with. That was considered wanting by the referees and was assessed a 15 yard penalty that gave Texas Tech great field position on their next drive. That is what Mack Brown is referring to; when Texas is penalized for taunting and yet when Texas’s opponents do “Horns Down,” no flag at all.
Here is a video from the 2010 BCS National Championship game:
Seems innocent right? But that is consider taunting according to NCAA rules. That should be a 15 yard penalty. So why is it not called? Do the referees just assume that is a normal play? I think it’s hypocritical to assess a 15 yard penalty for what Mike Davis did during the Texas-Texas Tech game and not to call a penalty when an opposing player does the “horns down” after a big play.
Texans don’t want to be treated differently than anyone else, they just want to be treated fairly. When you call the Longhorns for taunting for mocking an opponent’s hands signs, you better be paying attention to the other team and when they mock the Texas Longhorns hand sign, you better call it.