The saga of former Baylor and Boise State defensive end Sam Ukwuachu and how much Baylor knew about his past continues, as Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Florida Gators did not bring him aboard due to his violent history at Boise State.
Ukwuachu was recently convicted of sexual assault against a former Baylor soccer player and was sentenced to six months in jail, plus 10 years of felony probation.
During the trial, it was uncovered by his former girlfriend at Boise State that he had repeatedly punched her in the head, choked her and physically restrained her from leaving the home they shared, and had also punched through a window of said home while drunk.
Per accounts from two former Florida athletic department employees, those were the exact reasons that former Gators coach Will Muschamp wanted no part of having Ukwuachu on the team, along with the fact that Ukwuachu had not been entirely truthful when asked about his off-field issues while with the Broncos.
Thus, there was “absolutely no doubt” that the staff felt Ukwuachu was bad news waiting to happen.
Meanwhile, Baylor coach Art Briles claims that former Boise State coach Chris Petersen recommended Ukwuachu highly and that he had no clue whatsoever about the young man’s troubled past and violent history.
Petersen, however, now the head coach at Washington, has said that he “thoroughly apprised” Briles of everything regarding Ukwuachu and his disciplinary issues at Boise State.
And the situation only gets messier, as Baylor announced today that the football team would not make itself available to the media for the entire week.
No matter how you look at it, this entire saga cannot end well for Baylor.
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