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Sam Ukwuachu | Defensive End

Team: Baylor Bears
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230

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Former Baylor DE Sam Ukwuachu has been denied a new sexual assault trial.
Ukwuachu's attorney, William Bratton III, says he will file an appeal. The team wants a new trial because Baylor attorney Melinda Hedrick testified that she overheard prosecutor Hilary LaBorde scold Baylor Associate Dean Bethany McCraw in the courthouse after McCraw's testimony, saying: "You should be ashamed of yourself. You just victimized that girl again. I wish I knew who your supervisor is because I would talk to them about your job. You should be ashamed." Bratton argued that the incident, which apparently was loud enough to be overheard by jurors, could have altered the trial outcome. Ukwuachu was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 10 years of felony probation and 400 hours of community service. His once-promising football career is over. Wed, Oct 28, 2015 07:15:00 PM

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Boise State's 2013 dismissal of DE Sam Ukwuachu was unrelated to allegations of violence against his girlfriend at the time, the school announced.

This story continues to show the lack of information all parties had. Before this statement, former Boise State HC Chris Petersen said he "thoroughly apprised" Baylor's Art Briles of Ukwuachu's past. But now the school is stating the defensive end's alleged violent past, which reared its head in a terrible way, was not the reasoning for dismissing Ukwuachu. And on top of that, Boise State does not have to disclose the actual reasoning.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 08:47:00 AM

Florida HC Will Muschamp decided against adding then ex-Boise State DE Sam Ukwuachu after learning about the player's troubled past.

Why is this relevant? Because Muschamp came to this decision after a "Boise State athletic department employee detailed Ukwuachu's troubles with a girlfriend," including physical abuse. Baylor added the player around the same time, but Art Briles claims he was not given such details. Former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen claims he called Briles and "thoroughly apprised" him of Ukwuachu's past.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Baylor head coach Art Briles clarified his comments regarding Baylor redshirt junior DE Sam Ukwuachu’s transfer from Boise State.

This story picked up steam quickly when Briles said Boise State didn't notify him of Ukwuachu’s violent past and now-Washington HC Chris Peterson said he had. In a statement, Briles said Peterson contacted him in spring 2013 and "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." Briles continued: "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." Baylor released a scan of Ukwuachu’s transfer information request form filled out by BSU's compliance office, which stated that he had not been dismissed for disciplinary reasons. Ukwuachu recently received 180 days in prison for sexual assault.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 07:15:00 PM

A judge sentenced Baylor redshirt junior DE Sam Ukwuachu to 180 days in prison after he was found guilty of sexual assault.

Ukwuachu's sentence includes 400 hours of community service and 10 years of probation. The jury recommended an eight year sentence, but that the sentence be probated. The incident Ukwuachu was convicted of occurred in 2013 after he was dismissed from Boise State. Baylor HC Art Briles said he was not informed of Ukwuachu's troubled past at Boise State, but then head coach Chris Petersen disputes that claim.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 06:05:00 PM

A jury found Baylor redshirt junior DE Sam Ukwuachu guilty of sexual assault in an incident from 2013 involving a Baylor soccer player.

Baylor took a chance on Ukwuachu after he was dismissed from Boise State, and he made the worst decision possible following that second chance. Ukwuachu was expected to be declared eligible this season, but his career is almost certainly over now, at least with the Bears.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 09:49:00 AM

Baylor expects redshirt junior DE Sam Ukwuachu to be eligible before summer camp begins.

Ukwuachu came over from Boise State as a transfer in June 2013. He sat out that season to satisfy NCAA rules, but was then ruled ineligible last year for reasons never announced. "Ukwuachu is a guy we’re expecting to be back," Bears’ defensive coordinator Phil Bennett said. "We expect him to be eligible in July. That gives us probably five or six guys we can play at end." Ukwuachu was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America for his work in 2012 with Boise State.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015 05:00:00 PM

Former Boise State sophomore DE Sam Ukwuachu has officially transferred to Baylor.

The move had been expected for weeks, and Ukwuachu should produce for the Bears after sitting out the 2013 season. The defensive end started the last 12 games in 2012 and tallied 4.5 sacks. Ukwuachu was dismissed from Boise State after violating unspecified team rules.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Former Boise State sophomore DE Sam Ukwuachu will transfer to Baylor.

Ukwuachu was dismissed a couple of weeks ago for a violation of team rules. He tallied 4.5 sacks as a freshman and was expected to earn a starting role in 2013. Ukwuachu chose Baylor over Florida and Utah, and will have to sit out the season due to NCAA regulations. Both teams run a 4-2-5 system.
Source: Rivals
Wed, May 22, 2013 09:33:00 AM

Boise State has dismissed sophomore DE Sam Ukwuachu for a violation of team rules.

After tallying 4.5 sacks as a freshman in 2012, Ukwuachu was expected to claim a starting role in 2013. The team will attempt to find a starter opposite junior DeMarcus Lawrence, with the decision likely being between Beau Martin and Tyler Horn.
Thu, May 9, 2013 11:14:00 AM