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Following the announcement of a two-game suspension for wide receiver Danny Davis, Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst spoke to reporters in Madison on Thursday.

Video of the availability session is above. There weren’t any significant revelations or updates, as the typically reserved Chryst remained so. Some highlights are transcribed below.

When was he made aware of Davis’s alleged involvement in the Quintez Cephus incident that led to Davis’s suspension? “I’m not going to comment further on that.”

Why he thinks a two-game suspension was appropriate for Davis: “I think there’s certainly a standard of conduct that we want to shoot for and want to hold that at a high level. Anything that doesn’t, it’s appropriate.”

What he would say to critics who think two games aren’t enough: “I’m sure there’s a lot of things that certainly go through this. It’s the most strict [suspension] that I’ve done to this point. I certainly feel that it’s appropriate.”

How he and his teams handle “distractions” like this: “I don’t think you ever go through a season without distractions. There’s all different forms of it. You just try to focus on the things you can control, the day-to-day. I think that’s where the group has been good and we’ve got to continue to do that.”

“I’m not saying this isn’t new, but there are always things that you have to deal with. The players deal with it, they help each other through that, and that’s kind of part if it. Although, each circumstance is kind of different.”

What he’s been saying to the team: “I’m not going to go into too much what I’ve been saying to the team, but you always try to help them. There are things that come up and you try to use those moments to help them.”

Is he disappointed or annoyed when you have to discipline someone who you recruited who doesn’t meet your standards: “It’s like parenting in the sense that you know what’s the right thing. This isn’t the first time that I’ve suspended someone and there are standards that you want to uphold to. That’s OK, that’s good. When it doesn’t, you have to take actions. I think as long as you’re communicating it and [they’re] understanding why, then you can move forward.”

On how the remaining receivers are working through these developments: “What has happened doesn’t really change... they’re still working through it. Adam Krumholz and Jack Dunn, those are guys that played last year near the end of the year. With the spring and the summer and the fall, I think they have—and they need to have—gotten better. Then you’ve got some of the young guys, two of which were here in the spring in Aron [Cruickshank] and Taj [Mustapha], I think they know more now and are more comfortable now than they were in April.

“I do think that when you get into the season and you start narrowing down your game plan... right now, they’re responsible for the whole playbook. You never carry the whole playbook into any one game. So I think that helps them, but there’s continual growth that needs to happen. We’re talking about the receivers, but you could say the same thing for every position.”

Watch the video above for Chryst’s full comments.


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