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Baylor Assistant Suspended For 1st Half Of Oklahoma Game After Being Caught On Tulsa Sideline

On Monday, news broke that Baylor passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby was spotted on the sideline of the Tulsa-Oklahoma game, which is obviously against scouting rules as Baylor and OU play in November. Tulsa head coach Phil Montgomery, an Art Briles assistant at Baylor from 2006-14, explained that the mistake occurred beacuse Lebby and his wife were in town for a wedding and there was no intent to give his former colleague a leg up, but the Big 12 has already announced the action it will take with this issue. 

“The opportunity for Coach Lebby to scout a future opponent by being on the sideline of a conference member’s opponent is inconsistent with the principles and expectations of the Big 12 Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy,” stated Bowlsby. “I appreciate the action of Baylor athletics director Ian McCaw in addressing this matter and accept the University’s self-imposed penalty.”

McCaw announced that Baylor was imposing a half-game suspension of Lebby to be served during the first-half of the November 14 contest versus Oklahoma. Additionally, Baylor has self-reported to the NCAA a violation of NCAA bylaw 11.6.1 which prohibits scouting of a future opponent.

Lebby's presence on the sideline may not have been nefarious in intent, but it is an obvious problem, especially when Baylor and Oklahoma may play with a Big 12 title on the line later in the year.

[Big 12]