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April 21, 2008 5:01 PM

Hasty on temporary leave of absence

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW running back J.R. Hasty was not at Washington's practice Monday and when reached by phone said he had been told by Husky coach Tyrone Willingham to take a "temporary leave of absence.''

Hasty said Willingham told him the coach wanted to "think over some things'' before deciding if/and/or when he will be allowed back on the team.

Hasty said Willingham told him before Friday's scrimmage that the coach wanted more time to think about whether he was making the right decision to allow him back on the team after he was suspended for the first even practices of the spring. Willingham said that Hasty and linebacker E.J. Savannah were each suspended for unspecified violations of team policy.

Hasty said his earlier suspension was for missing a few off-season workouts and said he had no one to blame but himself.

"That's on me,'' he said.

Hasty said he expects to meet with Willingham again on Tuesday to discuss his situation.

He also said he will "do whatever it takes'' to again become a member of the team and that he has no plans to leave.

He said Willingham told him when he was suspended prior to the spring that "he didn't really think I wanted to be on the team so I had to prove it to him.''

Hasty said he felt he was doing that by showing up to practices and running steps at Husky Stadium but that Willingham then decided on Friday to again remove him from the team for a few days.

Hasty said as far as he knows, he could be back to the team tomorrow.

Hasty said his situation is not related to academics, just team policy.

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