Cajuns cut ties with LB Chris Hill after domestic abuse battery charges are accepted _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Cajuns linebacker Chris Hill

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team has officially parted ways with junior linebacker Chris Hill, who had been in limbo after his Oct. 2 arrest on domestic abuse battery charges.

Hill, 22, was suspended indefinitely after the arrest but was allowed to be around the team while his legal status was determined. But the district attorney’s office agreed to accept misdemeanor domestic abuse battery charges against Hill, prompting his release from the program.

“I have released Chris Hill officially from the team,” Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said Monday. “He is officially now off the roster. We wish Chris the best of luck in the future, but he will no longer be a part of the team.”

Hudspeth pegged Hill as a starter at middle linebacker at the end of preseason camp, but Hill never made it to the field. He was not able to suit up for the Cajuns’ first four games while dealing with an academic eligibility issue. He was arrested days before the Cajuns’ home game against Georgia State.

Officers originally responded to a domestic disturbance call in an on-campus parking garage. Nobody was there when they arrived, but they later located the victim at an area hospital. Hill was arrested using the victim’s testimony and footage from the parking garage’s video surveillance system.

“We expect all members of our athletics program to hold themselves to the highest standard of conduct and to represent the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with integrity,” Athletic Director Scott Farmer said in a news release after Hill’s arrest. “As a result of an off-field incident, Chris Hill has been suspended indefinitely from competition.”

Hill’s arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 6.