Ex-Badger Cephus awaits readmission decision

MADISON, Wis. -- Former Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus has filed a petition to be readmitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison after he was found not guilty of sexually assaulting two female students.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Cephus directed his attorneys to file the petition Tuesday and they are asking for a response by Thursday.

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said Wednesday that if the petition is approved and Cephus wants to return to the team, he would accept him gladly.

"If it's best for Q, and it truly is for him," Chryst said, "then I know his teammates and I know how we feel, and we would welcome him back.

"We've got to make sure. ... You can even talk to the guys about it. It's not about us, it's what's best for him."

UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank will decide whether to readmit Cephus in consultation with the school's Title IX coordinator.

Cephus, 21, was found not guilty Friday of second- and third-degree sexual assault. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday that he wants to play football again.

Cephus was suspended from the Badgers and later expelled from school after being charged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.