Cruse's suspension modified

Football player cleared to participate; former basketball player Boo Wade receives probation

Gino Cruse, a freshman football player at the University of Wisconsin, had his suspension for a violation of the university's Student-Athlete Discipline Policy modified, appeals' committee chair Bruce Jones announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

According to the statement, "Cruse can return to competition and practice immediately with conditions to be managed within the Athletic Department and pending additional information that might cause the Appeals Committee to re-evaluate his situation."

The Badgers begin formal spring workouts Friday afternoon. Cruse, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle, redshirted last season.

Citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the university does not release further information regarding appeals' committee proceedings.

Cruse, 19, has plead not guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct stemming from an alleged altercation with his girlfriend Feb. 6. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 17.

Under the terms of the UW athletic department's conduct code, Cruse was initially suspended indefinitely.

See also – Cruse pleads not guilty

Wade receives probation

Maurice "Boo" Wade, a former UW men's basketball player, was sentenced Tuesday morning to 18 months probation and ordered to receive an alcohol and drug abuse assessment, according to court records.

Wade, 20, was referred to the Dane County First Offender's Program in April on misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and bail jumping, but he was ruled to be in violation of that agreement in January.

Wade also must complete domestic violence counseling, make restitution to his victim, and maintain or be seeking full-time employment, full-time student status or a combination thereof.

Wade left the men's basketball team in the fall, then returned briefly before leaving the team permanently Jan. 6.

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