The Sam Ukwuachu affair just gets curiouser and curiouser. Art Briles has strongly suggested that Chris Peterson and Boise State did not offer him or anyone else at Baylor details about Ukwuachu’s checkered past. Yet, according to SI.com’s Evans and Thamel, somebody else sure got word about it.
Florida considered taking Ukwuachu in May 2013, but then-Gators coach Will Muschamp decided against it after a Boise State athletic department employee detailed Ukwuachu’s troubles with a girlfriend, according to two former Florida athletic department employees.
That included the former freshman All-America defensive end’s alleged physical abuse of his girlfriend and an allegation that Ukwuachu put his fist through a window while drunk at the couple’s home, one of the ex-staffers said. (Ukwuachu was not charged in either incident.)
“There was no way,” one of the former Florida employees told The Inside Read of Ukwuachu. “[Muschamp] wouldn’t touch him.”
… “Just a bad situation,” one of the former Florida staffers said. “It just wasn’t good.”
Ukwuachu also wasn’t completely forthcoming with Florida about his relationship with his former girlfriend, the former Gators athletic department employee said. But the Boise State athletic department employee was clear about Ukwuachu’s issues, according to the former Florida staffer.
Said the ex-Florida official: “There was absolutely no doubt.”
First of all, good on Boom and Florida to walk away after due diligence.
Second, it sounds like Ken Starr needs to add somebody to Baylor’s witness list.