Baylor University says it will conduct an investigation into the handling of sexual assault allegations by the school against a football player who was allowed to transfer into the program by coach Art Briles despite a history of disciplinary problems at Boise State.
Following the conviction of defensive end Sam Ukwuachu on sexual assault charges, Baylor President Ken Starr called for a “comprehensive internal inquiry into the circumstances associated with the case the conduct of the offices involved.”
The review will be led by law professor Jeremy Counseller, who is a faculty athletic representative to the Big 12 and NCAA and former assistant criminal district attorney.
The 22-year-old Ukwuachu was sentenced to six months in jail and put on 10 years of probation Friday in Texas district court for sexually assaulting a former Baylor women’s soccer player last year.
Ukwuachu’s former girlfriend testified during the trial that he had struck and choked her when he attended Boise State.
The case has brought scrutiny to Baylor for its internal investigation of the allegations, which resulted in no penalties against Ukwuachu, and to Briles for allowing Ukwuachu to enroll at the Waco, Texas, school.