Baylor RB Silas Nacita slept on friends’ floors and took online courses at a library before being allowed to join the football team in 2014.
The Baylor Bears football team has declared former-homeless RB Silas Nacita ineligible to remain with the team due to NCAA rules violations, but the NCAA denied making such a ruling.
In a heart-wrenching statement on his Twitter page, Nacita revealed that his decision to accept help from friends to put him up in an apartment to avoid being a homeless student at Baylor, resulted in the NCAA banning him from football.
All I wanted to do was go to school and play the game I loved. pic.twitter.com/zYQ0HTaz05
— Silas Nacita (@Salsa_Nacho) February 25, 2015
Nacita was a walk-on with the Baylor Bears in 2014 after being homeless the year before – sleeping on friends’ floors and taking online college classes at the library while awaiting admission into the school.
Baylor athletic director released a statement confirming Nacita’s dismissal from the Baylor football program.
“Silas Nacita will not be a part of the football program moving forward due to rules violations that impact his eligibility,” McCaw said. “We appreciate his contributions to Baylor football and wish him well as he completes his studies.”
However, in a Tweet from the NCAA’s official Twitter account, the organization denied declaring Nacita ineligible and stated that Baylor had not requested a waiver for him:
The NCAA did not declare Silas Nacita ineligible and Baylor has not requested a waiver for him. — NCAA (@NCAA) February 25, 2015
It will be interesting to see which side comes out on top this “he said” vs. “he said” debate that has ignited a fair degree of rage from young people on social media.
Nacita scored three touchdowns and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2014 for the Big 12 co-Champion Baylor Bears.