Big 12 Conference athletic directors voted unanimously to recommend adopting a policy that bans transfers with serious misconduct issues.
The decision came Tuesday after two days of athletic directors meetings in New Orleans, and comes on the heels of the sexual assault conviction of former Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu, who transferred from Boise State.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the Associated Press that the draft of the policy still would need to be refined and submitted to the conference’s joint council of faculty athletics representatives and athletics directors for approval.
Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
The proposed rule is expected to be similar to the SEC’s transfer rule, which was passed in May.
The SEC adopted a policy that bans players from transferring who previously had been dismissed for “serious misconduct,” which was defined as sexual assault, domestic assault or other forms of sexual violence.
The Big 12 already had planned to discuss the proposal this week before Ukwuachu was found guilty Thursday of raping a former Baylor soccer player in October 2013.
Ukwuachu, who transferred to Baylor in June 2013, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of felony probation.
Ukwuachu’s former girlfriend at Boise State testified at his trial that he punched her several times, choked her, physically restrained her from leaving and had a violent temper. But she did not press charges against the former defensive end.
Baylor Head Coach Art Briles said he did not know of Ukwuachu’s violence toward women before he transferred to Baylor. Ukwuachu never played in a game for the Bears in his two years on campus.
The SEC policy was instated after defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor transferred from the University of Georgia to the University of Alabama after allegedly choking and hitting his girlfriend at Georgia. He was dismissed from Alabama in April after being arrested on domestic violence charges that later were dropped.