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Morgantown, West Virginia – At today’s Big 12 Conference Media Day, Big 12 coordinator of officials Greg Burks said that the league will be cracking down on taunting for the 2021-2022 season.

When asked about the horns down gesture that opposing players often flash during games against the Texas Longhorns, Burks was very clear about the consequences of doing that.

”Let me put it this way,” Burks said. “If you do a Horns Down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s probably going to be a foul.”

Burks did say, however, that if a player turns to the crowd and does the gesture, they would probably not be penalized for it.

“Please all of you note, I said ‘probably,'” Burks added. “We have to consider intent and consider the situation. We’ll leave it to officials.”

Burks went on to explain that a real emphasis will be placed on all taunting and not just horns down during Texas games.

“I promise you, we discuss this every year, because you discuss this every year,” Burks said. “I hope in the future that somebody else’s symbols will come into play and not just the Horns.”

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.