MADISON (WKOW) — Former Wisconsin Badgers football player Quintez Cephus would be welcomed back to the team if he wanted to return, head football coach Paul Chryst said today.
Chryst spoke with reporters Wednesday morning following practice.
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“Yes, if it’s best for Q, – and it truly is for him – then I know his teammates and I know how we feel. We would welcome him back,” Chryst said.
Cephus was acquitted of sexually assaulting two women following a week-long trial in Dane County Circuit Court.
On Tuesday, Cephus applied for readmission to the University of Wisconsin, according to his lawyers.
The move is the next step in clearing his record after being expelled from UW last semester when he was accused of sexually assaulting the women.
The wide receiver told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Tuesday that going back to school is a top priority, but that he doesn’t know if he will return to the University of Wisconsin.
The 21-year-old from Macon, Georgia, was suspended from the football team last summer before being expelled from UW last semester.
Cephus says his lawyers will work with UW officials to “to clean up my record” so he can return to school.
He also says he plans on playing football again and he is in “the best shape of my life.”
Chryst said the situation has been hard on everyone.
“But now we’re looking forward to … you want everyone to be able to go forward. And so whatever’s best for him, that’s what truly we want,” Chryst said.
Several current Badger receivers have taken to social media to support Cephus’ return to the team, using the hashtag, “LetQTPlay.”
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“I just want what’s best for him. To have the opportunity to play football again. No matter if it’s here or wherever he decides to go,” Kendric Pryor said today following practice.
The AP contributed to this story.