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NCAA denies it declared Baylor running back ineligible because he needed a place to live

Kansas wide receiver Darious Crawley lost the ball as he was hit by Baylor’s Nacita Silas during a game last year.
Kansas wide receiver Darious Crawley lost the ball as he was hit by Baylor’s Nacita Silas during a game last year. The Associated PRess

Admit it, this does have all the making of some dumb NCAA doings.

Baylor running back Silas Nacita announced Wednesday on Twitter that he had been declared ineligible by the NCAA. His crime: He was homeless and accepted a place to live and help with living expenses from a friend.

“A few months before enrolling, a close family friend approached me and said they didn’t want me sleeping on floors and wondering how I was going to eat the next meal,” Nacita wrote on his Twitter account, “so they insisted on putting me in an apartment and helping out with those living expenses. “Because I accepted that offer instead of choosing to be homeless, I am no longer eligible to play football and pursue my dream. I had no idea I was breaking any rules, but I respect the decision of the NCAA.”

The NCAA was getting bashed, so it tweeted this:

Wait, what?

Coach Art Briles told reporters in Waco that Nacita would be back if he was eligible.

“It’s unfortunate you know, and hopefully there’ll be a remedy,” Briles said. “This is a situation handled through compliance not through football.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said: “Silas Nacita will not be a part of the football program moving forward due to rules violations that impact his eligibility. We appreciate his contributions to Baylor football and wish him well as he completes his studies.”

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?

Fans were certainly confused.

This is Nacita’s tweet:

Here is the feature story Sports Illustrated did on Nacita last year, which detailed that he once slept in a ditch, among other interesting facts about his homelessness.

This story has at least another chapter to it.

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