Did Art Briles ignore Sam Ukwuachu’s violent past?

Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles is in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons today.

Following news that defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty of raping a former Baylor soccer player, Briles decided to come out and defend his decision to allow the troubled player on his team despite a checkered past that led to his dismissal from Boise State.

Of course, what else was Briles to say? He could have never admitted that he knew about the violent past and still allowed that kind of character in his program.

Unfortunately for Briles, his comments are now being refuted and he’s coming out looking even worse than before.

Washington Huskies head coach Chris Peterson, who led Boise State when Ukwuachu was dismissed from the Broncos, issued a statement that contradicts everything Briles had to say.

According to Peterson, he spent plenty of time informing Briles about the type of person Ukwuachu was.

“After Sam Ukwuchu was dismissed from the Boise State football program and expressed an interest in transferring to Baylor, I initiated a call with coach Art Briles,” Petersen said, via Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com. “In that conversation, I thoroughly apprised Coach Briles of the circumstances surrounding Sam’s disciplinary record and dismissal.”

Yikes.

This is not looking good at all for Briles. The head coach is going to need to respond with another statement providing details into what exactly he knew or this will be very bad for his public perception.

We’ll see how this all continues to play out.

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