In meetings this week, Big 12 athletic directors could discuss adopting the SEC's transfer policy regarding domestic and sexual assault after Baylor transfer Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of rape on Friday, reports CBS Sports.
The SEC instated a policy this year of refusing transfer students who had previously been dismissed for “serious misconduct,” which was defined as sexual assault, domestic assault or sexual violence.
Ukwuachu transferred from Boise State in 2013 after being dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules. He sat out the 2013 season due to eligibility rules, and was suspended for the 2014 season for then-unspecified reasons. It recently came to light that Ukwuachu had been facing rape charges brought forth by a female Baylor student, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation last week.
The SEC policy was instated after lineman Jonathan Taylor transferred from Georgia to Alabama after allegedly choking and hitting his girlfriend at Georgia. He was subsequently dismissed from Alabama after being arrested on domestic violence charges that were later dropped.
At his trial last week, the woman who was Ukwuachu's girlfriend in Idaho testified that he had punched and choked her, which Ukwuachu denied.
“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 athletic directors of Big 12 schools will meet on Monday and Tuesday for regularly scheduled meetings, and are likely to discuss the new policy despite its not appearing on the official agenda.
- Erin Flynn