Lesson to players throughout the Big 12: When you score a touchdown, immediately hand the ball to the official.
That’s what coaches have preached to players, especially following Saturday’s controversial ending to the BYU-Washington game when Huskies quarterback Jake Locker was penalized 15 yards for execessive celebation after scoring on a three-yard run.
When asked about the decision during this morning's Big 12 coaches conference call, some like Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops refused to even comment. Others like Colorado’s Dan Hawkins called it a “tough situation.”
"The kid’s excited, but I guess that’s the rule so you’ve got to follow it," Hawkins said.
Texas coach Mack Brown had a diplomatic view, saying it was awful for the Huskies but also noting the official had little leeway with the actual rule.
"I would like to see the rule changed a little bit where it’s excessive if it’s taunting," Brown said. "It’s not about excitement. We’re all trying to get our kids excited. We’re in show business, we want the fans excited. As long as you’re not doing something to embarrass the other team, or bring attention to yourself. I don’t think the Washington quarterback was trying to bring attention to himself. ...Again, I want to say from a guy that’s been doing this 33 years, I think the official was right by rule. He made the call you’re supposed to call. I would just like to see it where there’s a little more judgment of the official involved."