Unless you are an unforgiving Mississippi State fan, you have to feel a little sorry for Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore.

Moore’s crude doggy-urinating gesture to celebrate a touchdown in the final moments of Thursday’s Egg Bowl arguably cost his team the game when the kicker missed the game-tying extra point because of the 15-yard penalty. To make matters worse, three days later Ole Miss dismissed coach Matt Luke.

It will be hard for Moore, despite his apology, to live down those few seconds of nationally televised poor judgment. Decades from now, people will still be talking and laughing about it. It’s not something for which any player should want to be remembered, and hopefully it will be a reminder to others that crossing lines of decent behavior can carry a price.

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