Once-homeless Baylor running back Nacita ruled permanently ineligible
Nacita, 21, was homeless when he walked on at Baylor in June 2014. In February, Nacita was informed by a school official that he was off the team, pending investigation, for accepting improper benefits.
The benefits Nacita accepted included a place to live, food and financial support given to him by "acquaintances from home" in Bakersfield, Calif., as Nacita detailed in a tweet back in February. On March 25, Nacita was informed that he was permanently ineligible. Baylor confirmed the information to Kramer.
"I didn't shed a tear in the meeting. I wasn't angry. I shook their hands," Nacita told Bleacher Report. "It was a pleasant conversation. I didn't go into the meeting expecting good news. I went in expecting confirmation, and that's what I got. I had a little hope in the back of my heart, but when they told me, it was almost a relief. I could start thinking about my future."
Nacita has begun investigating options at the NAIA level.
"I worked so hard for 12 years for this game, and I have lost it," Nacita told Bleacher Report. "Whatever it is [I need to do to play again], it would be worth it."
- This post has been updated to clarify that it was not the NCAA that ruled Nacita ineligible.