Art Briles won’t punish Baylor coach for standing on Tulsa sideline

Tuesday September 22nd, 2015

Baylor head coach Art Briles said he does not plan on punishing assistant coach Jeff Lebby for standing on the Tulsa sideline during Tulsa's game against Oklahoma on Saturday, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Lebby’s presence on Tulsa’s sideline was in violation of the opponent-scouting rule, because conference rivals Baylor and Oklahoma are set to face each other on Nov. 14.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in a press conference that Lebby’s actions should be reported to the NCAA, and Briles later said he would inform the NCAA’s compliance division, despite not planning any in-house punishment of his own for Lebby.

“No, not on my part,” Briles said of plans to discipline Lebby. “We'll check with compliance and see. It’s very uncommon. There’s not a lot of examples to go by. It’s kind of an unwritten rule. Guys my age apparently know it. Younger people apparently don’t. So that’s his alma mater, he was up there at a wedding and he probably thought it was OK to go lounge around ... for a few minutes. But like I said, in my opinion, it’s unethical.”

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Lebby was recruited to play at Oklahoma by Stoops in 2002, and worked as student coach there for four years when his playing career was ended by injury.

Briles said he was not aware of the incident until after the fact. He said that although it was “embarrassing,” he did not believe there was any competitive advantage to be gained from Lebby’s visit.

Baylor is 2–0 to start the season, and will next take on Rice on Sept. 26. After beating Tulsa 52–38, Oklahoma is 3–0 and will play West Virginia on Oct. 3.

- Erin Flynn

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