The annual Orange-White Scrimmage didn’t offer a ton of excitement for Charlie Strong’s first Texas Longhorn football team, but it did give fans a healthy dose of off-season trash talk.
After the game on April 19, starting senior linebacker Steve Edmond shared some choice words with the media regarding the Baylor Bears. "Even though I didn't get a chance to play in the Baylor game [last season], I really feel like we should have beat Baylor. I really don't like Baylor. I still think they're trash," Edmond said.
But now, Edmond is doing some serious backpedaling. In a statement issued by the UT athletic department late Thursday, Edmond apologized for his comments. He cited frustrations with having to watch the game from the sidelines and expressed his utmost respect for the Baylor program. "I let all of that anger build up and get the best of me," he said.
His apology didn't stop the Big 12 from publicly chastising the middle linebacker. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby reprimanded Edmond on Friday, citing a violation of the conference’s sportsmanship and ethical conduct principles.
Commissioner Bowlsby stated, "Mr. Edmond violated the Conference rule that prohibit coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from making negative public comments about other member institutions. Consistent with our standard for such violations he is being issued a public reprimand."
It’s unlikely that the Big 12 will move forward with any other punishment. Further disciplinary actions are up to Strong, who maychoose to limit Edmond’s media time next season.
Art Briles wasn’t too hung up on Edmond's trash talking — probably because Baylor has won three of the last four matchups against Texas. We'll have to wait until October to see if the Bears are holding a grudge their own.