With Baylor facing scrutiny for allowing a football player with a troubled past to transfer to the school, the Big 12 is crafting a new policy that will require more diligence when looking into athletes' past disciplinary issues.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the Associated Press on Wednesday he expects the new rule to be structured like the one implemented by the Southeastern Conference. The SEC prevents schools from accepting transfers who have been dismissed from another team for "serious misconduct," defined as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.
Baylor and football coach Art Briles have been questioned for allowing a player who was later convicted of sexual assault to transfer to the school.
Big 12 athletic directors on Tuesday unanimously supported creating a rule that would prohibit accepting athletes who have had discipline problems at previous schools. The rule would also apply to recruits.
Sam Ukwuachu, 22, was sentenced to six months in jail last week for the 2013 sexual assault of a Baylor women's soccer player. Ukwuachu played at Boise State as a freshman in 2012 but was dismissed from the team in the spring of 2013 for unspecified disciplinary reasons. He transferred to Baylor but never played.
Rutgers' Flood clarifies
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said Wednesday that when he was contacted by university officials about communicating with a faculty member regarding the academic status of a player, he didn't know he was being investigated for possibly violating school or NCAA rules.
Flood reversed course after being asked a day earlier about whether university officials had contacted him about their investigation.
"To clarify my statement yesterday, I was contacted by the university, but I was unaware what the contact was for, so that's why I had to answer the question the way I did," Flood said. "Now I'm aware of what the contact is for. So yes, I was contacted by the university."
Rutgers' office of ethics raised the issue about one week ago and initiated an investigation, university officials said Tuesday. The school's office of general counsel is investigating the severity of the alleged violation.
Flood could be in violation of NCAA rules regarding extra benefits and also university rules by communicating with faculty member about a players' course work. If Flood was found to have violated rules regarding extra benefits he could face a possible NCAA suspension or dismissal by Rutgers.
Ohio State loses Brown for the year
Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown injured his left leg during practice Wednesday and will miss the season.
The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Brown saw limited playing time in 13 games as a freshman last season and had one catch for 9 yards. But he was vying for a starting spot for the defending national champions and having a strong preseason. Coach Urban Meyer said last week Brown was one of the most improved players in training camp.
Texas A&M assistant's suit dismissed
A Texas judge dismissed a contract dispute lawsuit filed by Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis against his former employer, LSU.
A judge in Bryan ruled the coach's lawsuit does not belong in Texas. Lawyers for LSU had raised jurisdiction issues.
Chavis coached defense at LSU for six years but left earlier this year to join the Aggies. Both sides sued each other in February.
LSU, which filed suit in Louisiana, says Chavis broke his contract and owes the school $400,000. Chavis, who sued in Bryan, says the Tigers still owe him $200,000.
•Bruins coach Jim Mora said freshman Josh Rosen will be No. 13 UCLA's starting quarterback. Rosen was the consensus top quarterback recruit in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
• Duke cornerback Bryon Fields will miss the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.