*Editor’s note: This story did not previously contain the statement from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which was released later in the afternoon
Quintez Cephus wants to return to Wisconsin. His teammates want him back with the Badgers. Even head coach Paul Chryst said he’d welcome the wide receiver back to the program.
Unfortunately for Cephus, it doesn’t sound like the university is interested in him returning to campus. At least that’s what the attorneys for the former wide receiver are saying.
According to a report from the Journal-Sentinel, the University of Wisconsin is sending a “clear message” that it doesn’t want to readmit Cephus, despite being found not guilty of sexual assault last week.
Cephus filed for readmission to the school and wanted to learn of a decision by Thursday. With Wisconsin putting a nix on the initial request, Cephus has filed an appeal of the decision.
Stephen Meyer, one of Cephus’ attorneys, says the “gloves will come off” if the University of Wisconsin does not readmit Cephus.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, however, says it has not yet made a decision on Cephus’ enrollment status. It issued a statement shortly after Meyer’s comments on Monday.
The information provided today by attorney Stephen Meyer is false.
UW-Madison is committed to performing a complete and thorough review of any petition for reinstatement that it receives. In most cases this involves a full review of all relevant court records, which in this case were not provided in the petition. We are working to gather this information currently and will complete our review of the petition as quickly as possible once we have it. No decision on this matter has been made at this time.
Players from the Wisconsin football team have written letters to UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank in support of Cephus’ return to campus. He was expelled when he was accused of sexually assaulting two women, but he was found not guilty in a court of law.
Cephus has appeared in 23 career games as a member of the Badgers’ football program in 2016 and 2017. His best season came in 2017, hauling in 30 receptions for 501 yards and six touchdowns.