This morning, Baylor head coach Art Briles spoke to the media and flatly denied that he had any knowledge of defensive end and convicted rapist Sam Ukwuachu’s violent past. Just a few hours later, former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen called bullshit.
Ukwuachu, who transferred from Boise State to Baylor in 2013, was convicted last night of sexually assaulting a fellow Baylor student. Under these circumstances, it was important for Briles to convince everyone that he had no idea a series of violent incidents got Ukwuachu kicked off the Boise State team, and thus did not knowingly bring a violent and potentially dangerous person onto the Baylor campus. Here’s what Briles had to say:
When asked specifically if Boise State had informed Baylor of Ukwuachu’s disciplinary record, Briles was emphatic in his denial.
“No. No. That’s not true,” Briles said. “Lord, no. No, there’s no truth. Find out who informed us and talk to them, please.”
Petersen, who now coaches at Washington, has a different recollection. Here’s what he had to say to ESPN:
After Sam Ukwuachu was dismissed from the Boise State football program and expressed an interest in transferring to Baylor, I initiated a call with coach Art Briles. In that conversation, I thoroughly apprised Coach Briles of the circumstances surrounding Sam’s disciplinary record and dismissal.
Baylor’s handling of this case becomes more shameful by the minute.
Update (7:05 p.m.): Briles has responded.