Embattled Wisconsin receiver Quintez 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.
Cephus filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that a university disciplinary investigation against him launched in May is unfair because he can't participate in it without potentially harming his criminal defense, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for emotional and psychological harm and past and future economic losses, claiming Cephus is a likely high NFL draft pick.
University spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said school officials haven't reviewed the lawsuit but believe their investigatory process complies with federal law.
Cephus' attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, said in an e-mail that Cephus "has had his rights stripped from him by this public school."
Cephus, who is from Macon, Ga., was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for his arraignment on the sexual assault charges. He was ordered last month to stand trial.
Jayhawks fire offensive coordinator
Kansas fired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham with six games left in the season, ending the short tenure of what coach David Beaty hailed as a game-changing hire just last year. Meacham had spent the previous three seasons as the co-offensive coordinator at Big 12 rival TCU when Beaty lured him to the Jayhawks. Meacham was expected to install a variation of the Air Raid offense that would put up the kind of points not seen in Lawrence in a decade. Instead, the Jayhawks managed just 18.7 points per game last season. That has ticked up to 27.7 this year, but the Jayhawks are averaging just 19 points during three conference losses.
Beaty said he would handle the play-calling with help from the rest of his staff when Kansas (2-4) returns to the field against Texas Tech on Oct. 20.
•Pittsburgh senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee during practice. Wirginis leads the Panthers in tackles (41), tackles for loss (7.0) and sacks (3) and is tied for the lead in forced fumbles (2). Against Syracuse Saturday, Wirginis racked up eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown by teammate Dane Jackson.