Baylor athletics released the following statement to the media at 5:54 p.m. Friday:
RE: Statement from Baylor Coach Art Briles & Release of Baylor Compliance Transfer Information Request Form
Below please find a statement from Baylor Head Football Coach Art Briles as well as an attachment with a form signed by Boise State’s compliance office relative to the transfer of former student-athlete Sam Ukwuachu. Please note items No. 14 and 17 on the form.
Baylor Head Football Coach Art Briles:
“I was contacted by Coach Petersen at Boise State in spring 2013 and he told me he had a player from Texas who needed to get closer to home and that he thought our program would be a good spot for him. I know and respect Coach Petersen and he would never recommend a student-athlete to Baylor that he didn’t believe in. In our discussion, he did not disclose that there had been violence toward women, but he did tell me of a rocky relationship with his girlfriend which contributed to his depression. The only disciplinary action I was aware of were team-related issues, insubordination of coaches and missing practice.
In addition, I talked with Tony Heath, his high school coach, who gave us a great recommendation.
As required with any transfer to Baylor, Boise State acknowledged that he was not suspended due to any institutional disciplinary reasons and further that he was eligible for competition if he chose to return to Boise State.”