Baylor Football Player Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

Even after his indictment, Baylor football coaches remained confident Sam Ukwuachu would play in 2015.

Update: Sam Ukwuachu’s conviction was overturned by a Texas court of appeals and a new trial will be scheduled.

A Baylor football player was found guilty on August 22 of sexually assaulting a fellow student in 2013.

Sam Ukwuachu, 22, was sentenced to six months in prison and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a then soccer player for the school on homecoming night in October 2013, according to

After the victim reported the assault, the Waco Police Department eventually suspended the case, and the university found insufficient evidence to further its investigation.

Prosecutors with the district attorney’s office were able to get an indictment in June of 2014 and Ukwuachu was suspended for that year’s football season.

During the trial, District Judge Matt Johnson found the university investigation, which didn’t take into account a rape kit or Ukwuachu’s disciplinary record, to be so inadequate that he ruled it couldn’t be referred to in the court. Ukwuachu had been dismissed by Boise State in 2013 for violating unspecified rules prior to transferring to Baylor.

Ukwuachu never played for Baylor despite multiple football coaches saying they were confident he’d take the field in 2015.

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