OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said Monday that
he didn't make a throat-slashing gesture toward an official after
Oklahoma scored a touchdown Saturday.
Callahan appeared livid after Kejuan Jones' 17-yard touchdown
run that gave the Sooners a 31-17 lead in the fourth quarter. OU
Callahan engaged in an animated discussion with referee Steve
Usechek after the touchdown. It appeared a holding penalty against
Oklahoma went uncalled on the play.
Videotape showed Callahan raising his right arm, index finger
extended, and making a motion from left to right across his throat.
Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg reviewed the video Monday,
league spokesman Bob Burda said.
And the Big 12 asked Nebraska to investigate the incident and
file a report with the conference, university officials said.
"I have talked with Coach Callahan and I have received a
request from the Big 12 Conference to review this incident,"
Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson said. "Since I have
received this request I will reserve all comment until I have
responded back to the conference office."
Burda said Nebraska's report should include any disciplinary
action taken against the coach. The commissioner would have the
option of accepting the disciplinary measure or modifying it, Burda
Callahan initially did not know what a reporter was asking about
when the topic came up on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference.
"What do you mean? What are you talking about?" Callahan said.
Upon hearing the question again, Callahan said, "Oh, no. No. I
was frustrated and emotional. There was no malicious intent toward
anyone or any referee."
Callahan declined to comment on whether he intended the slashing
motion to be a demonstration of how cornerback Cortney Grixby was
held on the play.
"Someone is making a big deal out of something that's
nothing," Callahan said. "I really don't know what you're talking
Callahan, as he did Saturday, declined to comment on
In 2004 the NCAA Football Rules Committee made the
throat-slashing gesture a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike
The NFL outlawed the gesture in 1999, making it a 15-yard
penalty and a $2,500 fine.