He hasn't received a public reprimand from his own school, but the University of Texas football player who a week ago called Baylor University "trash" was reprimanded yesterday (Friday), April 25 by the Big 12 Conference commissioner, according to an article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper today. A Texas linebacker's insulting remarks sent shock waves through the Big 12 college community since he made them following the annual Orange-White scrimmage in Austin last Saturday.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby publicly reprimanded Texas linebacker Steve Edmond for violating a conference rule which prohibits players from making negative comments about other universitites participating in the Big 12. There are no photographs available, but it's possible the shock waves emanating as a result of Edmond's comments shook the new stadium Baylor is competing on the Brazos River.
Neither are there readings on the Richter Scale which measures the strength of earthquakes. However, Baylor players are likely to recall the controversial quotes when they trot onto the field in Austin Oct. 4 to take on the Longhorns in defense of their 2013 Big 12 conference championship.
Baylor Coach Art Briles claimed at his teleconference this week that he hadn't heart the insulting comments from Edmond. But journalists made sure he was aware of them by quoting the linebacker's outspoken comments.
Edmond reportedly said, "I really don't like Baylor. I still think they're trash."
Briles diplomatically responded, "Well, that's all right. Shoot, everybody's entitled to their opinion."
Edmond was apparently still smarting from Baylor's 30-10 victory against the Longhorns in the last game ever to be played at Floyd Casey Stadium last December. That win clinched Baylor's first Big 12 title ever.
Texas coach Charlie Strong expressed disappointment at his player's comments. Strong forged an impressive record at the University of Louisville including a bowl victory against Miami last year. Known as a tough disciplinarian, he informed Texas players they wouldn't be allowed to stay of campus this year when he first arrived in Austin.
Edmond also said he didn't understand how Baylor defeated Texas because the Longhorns had a better team. He did concede the Bears had a few good players.
In the jargon of college football it's called "bulletin board" material. Baylor players will no doubt be seeing the quotes on the walls of their lockerroom leading up to their showdown with the Orangebloods.
If they needed inspiration to play hard against the Longhorns, they should have now found it. Regardless of the standings in the Big 12 Conference come Oct. 4, the Baylor-Texas clash promises to be one of the hardest hitting of the 2014 season.
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