A little bit of a developing situation has broken out in Norman, where Baylor running backs coach Jeff Lebby was reportedly spotted on Tulsa’s sideline during the Golden Hurricane’s game with Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday.
Baylor assistant coach Jeff Lebby was on sideline during OU-Tulsa game. Bob Stoops said that is something for NCAA to deal with.
— Carey Murdock (@CareyWWLS) September 21, 2015
Lebby, a former player and student coach at OU, was recognized by several people including former Sooner J.D. Runnels. — Carey Murdock (@CareyWWLS) September 21, 2015
I was just hype to see my old roommate. I don’t think he had bad intentions at game. Hope it works out https://t.co/Zn9CYbXyuY
— J.D. Runnels jr. (@Just_JD38) September 21, 2015
Asked Monday about Lebby being spotted on the sideline (Baylor was off Saturday), OU head coach Bob Stoops said, “I didn’t find that out until after the game. That’s a pretty fundamental rule. That’s not allowed. I don’t know what he was doing here.” In-person scouting of opponents has been prohibited by the NCAA since 1994. The NCAA’s Rules Working Group removed the ban at the organization’s convention in 2013, but the rule was overriden by NCAA membership back into the rule book in June of 2013. “It’s something that needs to be reported and dealt with through the Big 12 office and our people,” Stoops said. “I’m sure they will. I’ve got a team to coach. They’ll handle those matters, I’m sure, and the NCAA will.”
Lebby graduated from Oklahoma in 2007, where he signed as an offensive tackle out of Andrews, Texas, but an injury forced him into spending his undergraduate career as a student assistant coach. He joined Art Briles’ staff at Baylor in the spring of 2008, rising to his current duties as running backs coach, passing game coordinato and offensive recruiting coordinator. He was named FootballScoop’s Running Backs Coach of the Year in 2013. Tulsa is led by first-year head coach Philip Montgomery, a longtime Baylor assistant.
Lebby served as Baylor’s substitute play-caller for the Bears’ 66-31 win over Lamar on Sept. 12 as offensive coordinator Kendall Briles served a suspension for a recruiting violation.
Baylor head coach Art Briles apologized to Stoops for Lebby’s weekend trip to Norman.
Attempts to reach Lebby and Baylor spokesmen by FootballScoop were unsuccessful.
Finally, Montgomery raised his hand in the air to signal to the proverbial ref that, yes, I was the one who fouled up here.
Philip Montgomery on Baylor assistant Jeff Lebby being on the Tulsa sideline against OU: pic.twitter.com/FJZKctiFor
— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) September 21, 2015