Wisconsin officials: NCAA has cleared Cephus to play

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FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus stands on the sideline before the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Ohio State in Indianapolis. Cephus is suing the school because he says a disciplinary probe it is conducting while he’s trying to defend himself in a criminal sexual assault case violates his rights. Cephus was suspended from the Badgers in August after he was charged with sexually assaulting two drunken women in his apartment. Cephus says the sex was consensual. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin football officials say the NCAA has restored receiver Quintez Cephus’ eligibility following his sexual assault acquittal.

Cephus was suspended from the team in August 2018 after prosecutors charged him with sexually assaulting two women in his apartment the preceding April. The university expelled him earlier this year before he finished the spring semester.

A jury acquitted him of the charges earlier this month and Chancellor Rebecca Blank allowed him to return to school. The athletic department said he wasn’t eligible to play in games but didn’t elaborate. Coach Paul Chryst said the problem was related to a lack of credits.

Wisconsin football spokesman Brian Lucas said Friday that the NCCA has cleared Cephus and he’s eligible for the 19th-ranked Badgers, who open the season Aug. 30 at South Florida.

Cephus tweeted that he’s thankful he can play again.

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