Following Baylor defensive lineman Sam Ukwuachu’s rape conviction this week, a hot topic of conversation has been just what information Bears coach Art Briles received from former Boise State coach Chris Petersen, for whom Ukwuachu played before being dismissed from the program in spring 2013.
Briles claims that he had no idea Ukwuachu had such a violent past while Petersen, now the head coach at Washington, insists that he told Briles everything about his former player’s violent behavior off the field.
It has been learned recently that Ukwuachu was dismissed from Boise State for assaulting his then-girlfriend, and now some more information may finally shed some light on what really went down.
Texas Monthly has received documents that are notes by BSU assistant AD Marc Paul regarding Ukwuachu’s final days with the program, and Paul was wise enough to email said notes to himself.
In them, Ukwuachu is described as getting drunkenly belligerent at times and having issues with both his roommate and girlfriend, to the point where university police had to get involved. Ukwuachu was reported to have punched his hand through a window at one point, cutting his wrist in the process.
The long and short of it is that Paul informed Petersen of everything, leading Petersen to dismiss Ukwuachu from the team.
Thus, at least Ukwuachu’s coach knew of everything that went down.
Just what information Petersen shared with Briles is still up in the air, as Briles claims he only knew that Ukwuachu had a strained relationship with his girlfriend, but Petersen claims that he gave Briles all the gory details.
Either way, though it can now be determined that Petersen was fully in the loop on Ukwuachu’s off-field issues, this story is far from over.
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