File this one under news that probably had the writing on the wall, but wide receiver Quintez Cephus was not listed on the spring roster for the Wisconsin Badgers. According to a Wisconsin State-Journal report, that is an official change as Cephus will no longer be a part of the Wisconsin program.
Last August, Cephus took a forced leave of absence from the team after being informed by a district attorney’s office in Wisconsin he would be facing charges for an alleged sexual assault from April 2018. Despite maintaining his innocence, Cephus was suspended by the team just a few days later. As Cephus began to focus on his legal battle, he filed a motion to have the sexual assault charge dismissed. In September, a judge ordered Cephus to stand trial on two counts of sexual assault. The start of that trial is scheduled to begin on July 29.
Later, in October, Cephus sued Wisconsin for allegedly violating his constitutional rights. Cephus claimed Wisconsin conducted a Title IX investigation despite his “inability to participate in an interview or otherwise meaningfully participate in the university’s process.
Cephus recorded 501 receiving yards on 30 receptions for the Badgers with six touchdowns during the 2017 season.