P.J. Hill, a freshman tailback on the University of Wisconsin football team, has been suspended indefinitely, the school announced Monday afternoon, for a violation of UW’s student-athlete discipline policy.
According to reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal, Hill and seven other people, including three other freshman football players, were cited in the early morning hours of Jan. 26 for an incident at a campus dorm.
Hill, 19, was tentatively charged with disorderly conduct while armed for allegedly “brandishing a baseball bat.” He has an initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court scheduled for Feb. 27.
The three other football players—linebacker Elijah Hodge, 20; linebacker Jonathan Casillas, 18; and tight end Jae McFadden, 19—were cited for violations of the UW administrative code, non-criminal disorderly conduct. They were not suspended under the student-athlete discipline policy, which stipulates that student-athletes are automatically suspended when charged with, arrested for and/or convicted of violating laws related to drugs, gambling or violence, or any felony.
Four other people who were not UW students were also arrested in the Jan. 26 incident.
Hill has the right to appeal his suspension. While suspended he is not permitted to take part in practices or competitions, but he may continue to use services such as the sports medicine facility, academic support center and weight training room.
If Hill does not pursue an appeal, his suspension will continue until any charges have been addressed in the legal system and/or any applicable university or departmental disciplinary process.
A 5-foot-10, 220-pounder from Brooklyn’s Poly Prep, Hill was projected as the Badgers’ starting tailback heading into spring practices. He redshirted last season after suffering an injury in fall training camp, but attrition had placed him front and center on UW’s depth chart.
In January, star tailback Brian Calhoun announced he was foregoing his senior season in favor of the NFL Draft. And last week second-string tailback Booker Stanley was dismissed from the team. Stanley faces 13 charges stemming from two alleged violent incidents in an eight-month span.