Don't bend over for Texas. Let the spirit squad do the Horns Down!

Don't bend over for Texas. Let the spirit squad do the Horns Down!

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
jonathan grant started this petition to University of Oklahoma and

What is the only thing softer than crying about a rival's hand gesture hurting your feelings? Answer: Bending over and kowtowing to the ones whose feelings are hurt by a hand gesture!

It has recently been revealed that the OU spirit squads have been instructed by school leadership to not use the horns down and forced to delete past social media posts in which the gesture is made. [ http://www.oudaily.com/sports/ou-football-sooners-spirit-squad-told-not-to-do-horns/article_8e2667cc-e325-11e9-a05f-dbc5a7ba8f1f.html ] It is likely safe to assume the athletes and coaches have been given the same instruction. While we appreciate and value the importance of sportsmanship, and respect for our opponents, we find this decision entirely unacceptable.

For too long the University of Texas has ruled the Big 12, and the league continues to kiss the school's feet and allow the school to boss them around. We the fans and donors of the University of Oklahoma will not stand by and tolerate our school -- the #1 college football program of all time -- doing the same.

We are the University of Oklahoma, and we don't allow any other school to walk over us. We do not cater to the weak will or sense of entitlement of any other school, especially not our most bitter rival. To do so is an absolute embarrassment to the school. The other schools in the Big 12 do not have the power or prestige to stand up to the University of Texas' insistence on special treatment. If we don't do so, who will?

This issue is not about a hand gesture, it is about principle. We have carried this league the last 10 years. We don't need the Big 12. The Big 12 needs us! Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas A&M left the league rather than let Texas boss them around. We must not allow Texas to continue to rule the Big 12. And we must not allow Texas to rule us!

The horns down is an OU tradition and a great element of the best rivalry in all of sports. The "hook-em horns" is offensive to us, which is why we counter with horns down. We didn't cry about it and expect the league to prohibit Texas from offending us. This is because we don't expect special treatment or believe the league should come in and punish those who dare challenge our superiority.

Respect and sportsmanship are important, but the horns down controversy symbolizes a greater issue. If we give in, we are willingly affirming and endorsing Texas's entitlement and ownership of the Big 12. Doing so is an embarrassment to OU fans and alumni!

We ask that the University of Oklahoma take a stand and allow the athletes and spirit squads to do the horns down when we play Texas, both in games and on social media. Follow the lead of Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas A&M and make it clear that we don't lay down for any other school, and will not tolerate the league kowtowing to the University of Texas.

In other words... FREE THE HORNS DOWN!

If you agree, please sign the petition and share this page on message boards and social media.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!