The situation in Waco, Texas, more specifically at Baylor University, has gotten pretty ugly over the last 72 hours. Baylor head football coach Art Briles has tried to deny multiple times that he knew of defensive end Sam Ukwuachu’s violent past before bringing him on to play for the Bears, but there are reports that refute those claims.
Whatever comes out of this situation, it could affect the way an entire conference is ran. In May earlier this year, the SEC adopted a new policy that blocked schools from accepting transfers who were dismissed due to “serious misconduct”, which was later defined as domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence.
According to CBS Sports, the Big 12 may look at bringing in that same policy following Ukwuachu’s guilty verdict in the rape case brought on him by a former Baylor soccer player. Big 12 athletic directors are scheduled to meet on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the policy.
“I’m sure it [SEC rule] will be a topic of discussion,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told CBS Sports. “It may be a little too raw right now to do anything much with it. I think there may be an ongoing conversation.”
The SEC adopted its new rule after Nick Saban brought on former Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor. He was dismissed from the school in Athens after allegedly choking an ex-girlfriend of his and was subsequently dismissed from Alabama after he was arrested on domestic violence charges.
While it is not clear whether or not the conference will follow the SEC in their new transfer policy, it is worth noting that if accepted, the policy likely won’t follow the same path as the SEC. There is no indication that the policy will be less or more strict than the SEC’s nor if it will be the same for every school in the conference.
“It’s easy to say we’re not going to take we’re not going to take kids that have any sort of past with sexual violence,” a source within the Big 12 said. “[But] oftentimes you don’t know the full story.”
This new policy my go into place within the next week. It could take six months. It could not happen at all. No matter what does happen, there is going to be change taking place and it may affect the entire country.
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