Baylor RB Nacita no longer on team; NCAA denies ruling him ineligible
Running back Silas Nacita is no longer a part of Baylor's football program and said in a message posted to his Twitter account that he has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA, but the organization later released a statement denying that claim.
Baylor's AD also released a statement Wednesday saying that Nacita would no longer be a part of the team due to "rules violations."
Nacita, who was homeless when he walked on at Baylor in June, said he accepted a close family friend's offer to put him in an apartment.
"In 2014, I was just a kid who couched surfed and took classes online at a community college, but I had a dream to play college football," Nacita wrote. "Throughout that year, I was able to earn enough academic scholarships to pursue that dream, but it was only enough to pay for school without a place to stay or any other living expenses. Still, I was satisfied with that because I knew the sacrifice I was making in order to pursue that dream. However, a few months before enrolling, a close family friend approached me and said they didn't want me sleeping on floors and wondering how I was going to eat the next meal, so they insisted on putting me in an apartment and helping out with those living expenses. Because I accepted that offer instead of choosing to be homeless, I am no longer eligible to play football and pursue my dream. I had no idea I was breaking any rules, but I respect the decision of the NCAA."
Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw released a statement on Wednesday about Nacita's ineligibility.
"Silas Nacita will not be a part of the football program moving forward due to rules violations that impact his eligibility. We appreciate his contributions to Baylor football and wish him well as he completes his studies."
The NCAA tweeted its statement later on Wednesday afternoon.
The NCAA did not declare Silas Nacita ineligible and Baylor has not requested a waiver for him.— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) February 25, 2015
Baylor coach Art Briles commented on the situation on Wednesday:
"It's unfortunate you know, and hopefully there'll be a remedy. This is a situation handled through compliance not through football" -Briles— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) February 25, 2015
"If he's eligible, he'll be back. This is out of our control, it isn't our problem with him." -Briles on Silas Nacita— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) February 25, 2015
Over 13 games last season, Nacita rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns.
- This post was updated after the NCAA released its statement