"Yes." That's what Quintez Cephus said when asked if he planned on rejoining the Wisconsin football team. The former Badgers receiver joined his attorneys to address the media after the University readmitted him Monday morning.
"I'm ready to win football games and start back getting my education, and I expect to do it at a very high level," Cephus told reporters. "Hopefully I have a clear enough mind to get back to being on the Academic Big Ten Team and making good grades and performing on the field."
Cephus could've tried to seek a waiver from the NCAA and transfer to another school, but he said the support of his teammates and head coach Paul Chryst was the main reason he stayed at UW.
"Because of my teammates and my coaches, and them doing as much as they could to support me through this whole thing... I have no reason to run from Wisconsin. I'm just here to continue my education and continue to play football."
Wisconsin Athletics released the following statement shortly after Cephus' press conference:
"Quintez Cephus has been reinstated as a UW-Madison student, allowing him to return to school. He has officially rejoined the football program and we are working through eligibility issues before he can participate in a game.
UW Athletics takes allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously.
We know that sexual assault and sexual harassment have profound impacts on college campuses.
“We have a robust educational program around sexual misconduct in place for our student-athletes and we will continue those efforts going forward,” Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said.