NCF Nation: Barry Lamb

BYU assistant football coach Barry Lamb announced Monday that he is taking a indefinite leave of absence for health-related reasons.

The leave is immediate. Lamb, who coaches outside linebackers and special teams, will not participate in BYU’s spring football, which begins March 15.

“Barry is a valued member of our staff and a fiercely loyal and true friend,” BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “I fully support Barry taking this leave to take care of important personal priorities.”

Lamb has been on Mendehall’s staff the past five seasons and has spent 16 total seasons with the Cougars after joining LaVell Edwards’ staff in 1994.

Defensive graduate assistant Nick Howell will coach in Lamb’s absence.

BYU's Jorgensen, Lamb reprimanded

November, 23, 2009
BYU assistant coach Barry Lamb and defensive end Jan Jorgensen have been issued a public reprimand by the Mountain West office from comments made regarding Air Force's block schemes.

Lamb, BYU’s linebackers coach, who has played Air Force 17 times, said "The only thing about the Air Force game is they cut so much. They block low on your ankles and knees. It's not legal."

Jorgensen called the Falcons’ cut blocks, “legal, but dirty”

Outgoing UNLV coach Mike Sanford made similar comments about Air Force a couple weeks ago that drew the ire of Air Force coach Troy Calhoun. Sanford, who was fired the day after the game, was not reprimanded.

The comments from BYU’s Lamb and Jorgensen violate the league’s sportsmanship policy.