Why Athlete Arrest Led Badgers DA Chris McIntosh To Call for Review of UW Discipline Process | College football


Seltzner recorded a blood alcohol content of between 0.08% and 0.15% after a traffic stop, according to Dane County Circuit Court documents. He pleaded not guilty last Friday and has a pre-trial conference on Dec. 10.

Seltzner played in the Badgers’ game at Purdue six days after the Oct. 17 quote, which UW officials were informed of the same day, according to a spokesperson.

McIntosh said he’s confident Badgers coach Paul Chryst handled the situation appropriately and didn’t overlook gravity.

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“But I have reservations about whether or not this is the right approach,” McIntosh said. “I think there is a better, more centralized approach that could be pursued.”

When UW unveiled the disciplinary policy in 2003 to remove coaches from the process of determining penalties for serious offenses, alcohol-related offenses were excluded from the scope. These incidents were left to the discretion of the individual coaches, unless the violation fell under some other aspect of policy.

The policy has been revised in the past 18 years, but never to address drinking and driving. McIntosh said he was not aware of any other OWI cases with UW athletes in recent years.

UW athletics officials consulted with the Office of Legal Affairs to find out whether Seltzner’s offense fell within the discipline of students and athletes. The answer, McIntosh said, was no.


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