Booker Stanley, a junior tailback on the University of Wisconsin football team, was formally charged Monday with three felonies and six misdemeanors as a result of his Dec. 21 arrest for an alleged altercation with his girlfriend.
According to the Associated Press, the criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court Monday accuses Stanley of choking his girlfriend three times, sexually assaulting her, and threatening to kill her. The altercation took place in the early morning hours of Dec. 21, in the apartment that Stanley, 22, and the 20-year-old woman shared.
Stanley was formally charged with second-degree sexual assault, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, both felonies, one count felony bail jumping, two counts misdemeanor bail jumping, and four counts misdemeanor battery.
The felony bail jumping charge is due to the allegation that Stanley called the woman more than 10 times from Dec. 26-29, in violation of bond terms that forbid any contact, direct or indirect, with his alleged victim. Stanley also allegedly assaulted the woman last summer, slapping her several times and causing her nose to bleed.
Stanley still faces four misdemeanor charges—two counts battery, one count disorderly conduct and one count obstructing an officer—for an alleged fight at the Mifflin Street Block Party April 30.
Stanley was suspended indefinitely from the Wisconsin football team following his Dec. 21 arrest and did not play in the Capital One Bowl. He is technically still a member of the team, but is not expected to return in 2006.
Stanley, who appeared in court Monday without an attorney, was free on $500 cash bond Monday. He is subject to bail monitoring; if Stanley fails to cooperate with the terms of his bail then a $9,000 cash bail will be set instead.
A status conference regarding the nine charges that were filed against Stanley Monday has set been scheduled for Jan. 30.
Cooks to join Wisconsin staff
University of Minnesota secondary coach Kerry Cooks told the Minneapolis Star Tribune Monday afternoon that there is a "95 percent chance" that he will be the Badgers' next secondary coach.
Scout.com first reported early last week that Cooks, who spent one season as a Gophers' assistant, has already begun recruiting for the Badgers.
Cooks played at Iowa while future UW head coach Bret Bielema, who is in the process of naming of his first staff, was an assistant at the school. Cooks was a graduate assistant at Kansas State in 2003, Bielema's final year as that program's co-defensive coordinator.
Hueber to coach for Vikings
Hueber has been a UW assistant since 1992 and was one of three current Badger assistants that Bielema was expected to retain.
Childress was UW's offensive coordinator from 1992-98.
In the polls…
The Wisconsin men's basketball team (12-2) jumped up seven spots to No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll. The Badgers upset then-No. 7 Michigan State 82-63 Sunday in Madison. The Spartans fell eight spots to No. 15. The Badgers are also ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll after being unranked last week.
In the USA Today poll, Illinois (15-1) is the highest Big Ten team, coming in at No. 6, while Indiana (10-2) is No. 8 and Ohio State (16-1) is No. 16. In the AP poll, Illinois leads the conference with its No. 7 ranking, while Indiana (No. 9), Michigan State (14) and Ohio State (19) are also ranked.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team (16-2-2) is ranked No. 1 in both the USA Today/American Hockey poll and the U.S. College Hockey Online poll. In both polls, Minnesota (13-5-4) is ranked No. 3 and Colorado College (17-6-1) is No. 5.
After sweeping Wayne State over the weekend, the Wisconsin women's hockey team (17-2-1) sits at No. 2 in the USCHO poll. New Hampshire is No. 1 while Western Collegiate Hockey Association foes Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota are ranked No. 4 and No. 6, respectively.
Women's hockey: Former Badger named BSU co-head coach
Sis Paulsen, a defender with the Wisconsin women's hockey team from 1999-2003, was named the co-head coach of the Bemidji State women's hockey team last month, after head coach Bruce Olson stepped down from his position.
Paulsen, who coaches Bemidji State's defensive corps and special teams, will serve as a co-head coach with Jim Ingman, BSU's other assistant coach. The two will lead the team while a national search is conducted for a permanent head coach.
Paulsen finished her playing career third on Wisconsin's career scoring list and first in points scored among WCHA defensemen, a record she still holds. She earned first-team All-WCHA honors in 2000 and second-team all-conference honors in 2003. After she exhausted her eligibility, she served as a student assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2003-2004 and was co-head coach of the USA Hockey Girls Select 14 Team in the summer of 2004.
"I am confident in the abilities of Coach Ingman and Coach Paulsen and know they will lead our women's hockey program with integrity and enthusiasm," BSU athletics director Rick Goeb said. "I take great pride in the accomplishments of the athletics programs at Bemidji State and will continue to promote the important qualities a student-athlete should acquire in order to become a productive citizen. I am certain our women's hockey program is being led by quality people who will provide excellent leadership."