There was a palpable sense of disappointment in the air after Oklahoma’s recent game against SMU. The reason for this wasn’t the result on the field, but rather what happened off it. 😕

Art Briles, former Baylor coach and father-in-law to Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, made an unexpected appearance on the field post-game. This occurrence left many within the Oklahoma Athletics Department feeling let down.

Briles’ presence at such a high-profile event stirred up controversy due to his past involvement with Baylor University where he served as head coach from 2008 until his dismissal in 2016 following a sexual assault scandal that rocked both him and the university.

When asked about Briles’ appearance, Joe Castiglione, Athletic Director for Oklahoma expressed clear dissatisfaction stating: “We were disappointed to see Art Briles at our game last weekend.” He further added that they had no prior knowledge or indication of Briles planning to attend or be present on their field.

The incident has sparked conversations surrounding not just who is allowed access onto college football fields after games but also how these decisions are made and communicated across different departments within universities.

Jeff Lebby himself hasn’t publicly commented yet about his father-in-law’s surprise visit or its implications. However, given their close relationship – both personally and professionally – it raises questions around whether he was aware of Briles’ plans beforehand.

In response to this debacle, Castiglione assured fans that measures would be taken so similar situations could be avoided moving forward saying: “We will evaluate our procedures regarding sideline access during postgame celebrations.”

While some might argue that Art Briles attending a football game should not cause such uproar considering he is related by marriage to one of team members; others feel strongly otherwise given his controversial history with Baylor which ended under unfortunate circumstances involving allegations against student athletes under his watch.

This incident has once again brought attention towards issues of accountability and transparency within college sports, especially when it comes to handling past controversies. It also highlights the need for robust procedures in place to manage such situations.

In conclusion, while Oklahoma’s game against SMU may have ended on a high note with a victory on the field; off it, there is still much work to be done. The hope now is that this incident serves as a learning experience – not just for Oklahoma but all other universities and athletic departments nationwide.