Art Briles says he didn’t know assistant planned to be on Tulsa sideline

Art Briles says he didn't know assistant planned to be on Tulsa sideline

Art Briles apologized on Monday for one of his assistant coaches being on the Tulsa sideline during their game with Oklahoma last Saturday, September 19.

Jeff Lebby, the Bears’ passing game and recruiting coordinator and Briles’ son-in-law, was there to meet his close friend Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery, a former Baylor offensive coordinator.

Lebby’s presence broke NCAA bylaw 11.6.1 which prohibits off-campus, in-person scouting of future opponents. The Bears and Sooners meet Nov. 14 in Waco.

“If I had been aware, that situation would’ve never happened,” Briles said. “When I found out, we alerted all the proper officials on both sides, and I actually called Coach Stoops after the game Saturday and told him that I was sorry that we had a guy on their sideline.”

“And it’s embarrassing to me, quite honestly. To me, there’s not an advantage first and foremost in today’s world. I mean, we had every film they ever got and they get every film we’ve ever got.”

Stoops said he learned about Lebby’s attendance after OU’s 52-38 victory over the Golden Hurricane.

“I didn’t find that out until after the game,” Stoops said. “That’s a pretty fundamental rule. That’s not allowed. I don’t know what he was doing here.”

It has led to Stoops insisting on an investigation by the Big 12 and the NCAA.

“That’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 have a team to coach. They’ll handle those matters, I’m sure. And the NCAA will.”

Lebby directs Baylor’s passing game and also serves as its offensive recruiting coordinator. He has a deep association with the OU program, signing his National Letter of Intent with the Sooners in 2002 before an injury ended his playing career. He then spent four years on Stoops’ staff as a student coach before his graduation in 2007.

Playing the feud: Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is finished talking about his rant after beating Arkansas last week.

Kingsbury said Arkansas coach Bret Bielema “just got his ass kicked” after the Red Raiders’ 35-24 victory. His comments were prompted by Bielema’s remarks at a Texas high-school coaching clinic over the summer where the Arkansas coach said spread offenses like those favored by Kingsbury can’t be successful in modern college football.

On Monday, Kingsbury attempted to downplay his comments.

“I’ve moved on,” he said. “We’ve got our big game this week against TCU, so I really don’t even want to revisit it.”

But Bielema kept talking about Kingsbury’s remarks at his weekly news conference.

“He was arrogant,” Bielema said of Kingsbury, according to the Associated Press. “If that was an ass-kicking, I’d love to see what last year was. I’m happy he got to vent.”

Arkansas won in Lubbock, 49-28, last season as the Razorbacks rushed for 438 yards and seven rushing touchdowns.

More big man: Briles said super-sized 410-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan will be pressed into more duty as the Bears finish non-conference play Saturday against Rice.

After starting tight end Tre’Von Armstead was dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules, Briles said McGowan will now have more snaps.

“The big man, we have to tighten it up with him a little bit,” said Briles, who estimates his team has used a tight end in about 50 percent of its offensive plays this season. Briles expects McGowan to thrive with the extra work. “He can do it. The last few days in practice, we’ve increased his reps and his awareness to go with it.”