Former Baylor assistant coaches Jeff Lebby and Randy Clements are still in the coaching game, but they continue to do so at a much lower level than they previously coached. Lebby and Clements have joined the coaching staff of NAIA program Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.
The school announced the additions of the coaching staff under head coach Southeastern Fire (cool nickname) head coach Keith Barefield, the first head coach in the history of the Southeastern University program (the school is playing just its fourth season as a member of the NAIA this fall and has already won two Sun Conference championships; it moves to the Mid-South Conference this fall).
“I am pleased to have Jeff Lebby and Randy Clements join the Fire Football Family as a part of my coaching staff,” said Barefield in a released statement. “They both bring years of successful football experience, at various levels, to our young program and will contribute greatly to our continued success.”
Lebby was previously found to have conducted prohibited off-campus scouting when he attended a game of a future opponent in 2015. Lebby was seen on the sidelines of Tulsa during a game against Oklahoma, which former Baylor head coach Art Briles said he was unaware of. That action led to a first half suspension from a game by the university last fall. Lebby served as Baylor’s passing game coordinator and running backs coach in addition to being the program’s recruiting coordinator. Clements was Baylor’s running game coordinator and offensive line coach.
As things stand right now, there are just three assistant coaches from last season that are currently without a coaching job according to The Dallas Morning News; Carlton Buckels, Cris Dishman, and Tate Wallis.
Some might call it creative scouting, but the NCAA calls it a violation. Baylor passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby took advantage of his bye week with the Bears by getting a firsthand look at the Oklahoma Sooners. He did so from the Tulsa sideline, which is not allowed by the NCAA because Baylor is a future opponent of Oklahoma’s.
When asked for a reaction to a Baylor assistant coach being on the Tulsa sideline, Sooners head coach Bob Stoops said it is something that needs to be investigated. Baylor head coach Art Briles said he called Swoops to apologize once learning his assistant was on the sideline, in Oklahoma’s stadium (which is extra bizarre and bold).
“If I had been aware, that situation would’ve never happened,” Briles said in a report from ESPN.com. “When I found out, we alerted all the proper officials on both sides.
“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. So as far as scouting advantage, you’re at a disadvantage standing on the sideline. I don’t think he was there that long — maybe a quarter. I’m not even sure.”
The Big 12 has not issued comment on this situation at this point in time, nor is it known what the punishment for this sort of violation will end up being. This is not the first time this season Briles has had to respond to violations committed by his coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and receivers coach Tate Wallis have each sat out a game for various violations.
Between the Baylor coaching staff and the ongoing legal dispute between Oklahoma State and Texas over job responsibilities of coaching staff members, there are too many headlines regarding assistant coaches in the Big 12.
Baylor hosts Oklahoma on November 14.