Badgers suspend wide receiver
The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis was suspended for the first two games of the season on Wednesday, two days after his roommate was charged with felony sexual assault following an incident last April involving two women at his apartment.
Quintez Cephus, also a receiver for the fourth-ranked Badgers, is charged with third-degree sexual assault and second-degree sex assault of an intoxicated victim. In a tweet, Cephus has said he is wrongfully accused. He was indefinitely suspended on Monday.
According to police, Davis was at the apartment at the time of the alleged assaults. He is accused of taking at least one photo of one of the two women involved. Davis has not been charged.
Coach Paul Chryst said the length of Davis’ suspension could change. The sophomore from Springfield, Ohio, caught 26 passes for 418 yards and five touchdowns last season.
“I think there are standards you want to uphold,” Chryst said. He added that when those standards aren’t adhered to “you have to take actions, and I think as long as you’re communicating it and understanding why, then you can move forward.”
Davis will miss home games Aug. 31 against Western Kentucky and Sept. 8 against New Mexico.
The suspensions leave A.J. Taylor and Kendric Pryor as the top two returning receivers. Taylor had 31 catches for 475 yards and five touchdowns, and Pryor had 13 for 171 yards and one TD.
Chryst said sophomores Jack Dunn and Adam Krumholz and a couple freshmen also will get chances to play important roles.
OU has its man
Kyler Murray has been picked as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback.
The seventh-ranked Sooners said Wednesday that Murray will start the season-opener Sept. 1 against Florida Atlantic.
The Oakland A’s took Murray with the ninth pick in the Major League Baseball draft this summer, but he chose to return to school for a year.
He was the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield last season and completed 18 of 21 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also ran 14 times for 142 yards, including a 66-yard dash on the first play of the game against West Virginia.
Murray and Austin Kendall battled throughout the spring for the position, and no clear-cut leader was established. Kendall was the backup two years ago. He connected on 16 of 22 passes for 143 yards as a freshman before redshirting last year.
Accusation at A&M
Texas A&M says it is reviewing allegations of possible NCAA violations by football coaches made by a former player who transferred to Arizona.
Santino Marchiol, a linebacker who signed with the Aggies in 2017 when Kevin Sumlin was coach, told USA Today that Aggies assistant Bradley Dale Peveto gave him cash on two occasions to entertain recruits on unofficial visits to campus. Schools are allowed to pay expenses for recruits on official visits and NCAA rules allow student hosts to be paid $40 per day to entertain recruits.
Marchiol also claimed new A&M coach Jimbo Fisher’s staff possibly violated NCAA rules by running mandatory team activities at impermissible times.
In a statement, Texas A&M says it is reviewing the situation with the NCAA and the SEC Office.