From the annals of dumbest possible minor rules violations comes ...
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
And here's the rule THAT supposedly violates, if true:
If there was an assistant coach from another Big 12 school on Tulsa’s sidelines, it would violate NCAA bylaw 11.6.1: pic.twitter.com/DinsP86AgO— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 21, 2015
This may seem like a weird line in the sand for me to draw, but stay with me: I cannot abide intentional, knowing violations of rules seemingly bred from arrogance/recklessness. This is a rule everyone in coaching is expected to know and follow. Apparently, we didn't for whatever reason (which may or may not be anything nefarious, I don't know). But regardless the reason, I can think of at least 3 reasons that's a very stupid thing to do:
- You're going to be seen, so don't do it.
- The chances you see anything helpful to you are pretty remote, so don't do it.
- YOU'RE GOING TO BE SEEN, SO DON'T DO IT.
Anybody that tells you what to expect the NCAA to do about this has no idea, because I can't remember the last time this even happened. Also, it's entirely possible that his presence there was completely innocuous. But it seems that a rule has been broken in one sense or another, potentially setting us up for yet another Friday (or whatever day) news dump about a suspended coach/player. Yay.
UPDATE: JD Runnels was apparently among the people that saw Lebby at the game. He tweeted about it:
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
Brought his wife (Briles daughter) & 2 of my good friends up. Left @ halftime. Nothin cray https://t.co/FJRrEcHPJa— J.D. Runnels jr. (@Just_JD38) September 21, 2015
He's great friends with all Tulsa staff, wanted to show his wife where he played/graduated, see me, etc. https://t.co/TCAHFtJs21— J.D. Runnels jr. (@Just_JD38) September 21, 2015
That makes me feel better.
UPDATE #2: Briles has now weighed in at today's Meet the Press event:
Art Briles' full statement today on assistant Jeff Lebby standing on sideline for Tulsa-OU game pic.twitter.com/NEyxNqs1aQ— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 21, 2015