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June 28, 2008 5:30 PM

Hasty, Murchison gone for good UPDATED

Posted by Bob Condotta

The mercurial Husky football careers of running back J.R. Hasty and cornerback Jordan Murchison are over, a school official confirmed today.

Neither is listed on the team's 2008 roster, which was unveiled on-line today, as neither had their scholarship renewed for next year. The deadline to inform athletes whether their scholarships will be renewed is July 1. There is no chance that either will return.

UW coach Tyrone Willingham had no comment and wasn't expected to make any, a school spokesman said.

Hasty said in a phone interview this afternoon that he was told of the decision a few weeks ago.

Hasty had been suspended during spring practice for missing some off-season conditioning drills and said Willingham's stated reason to him for not allowing him to stay with the team was that "he didn't really trust me, I guess.''

Hasty said he hopes to continue playing and that a lower-division school such as Central Washington, where he would be immediately eligible, is an option. He would have two years of eligibility remaining at lower-division school. He would have to sit out this year if he transferred to a D-I school and would have just one year left.

"I'd like to play on somewhere else and take it (football) as far as I can,'' he said.

Hasty, a standout at Bellevue High, was the highlight player of Willingham's first recruiting class at UW in 2005, but he never made an impact. He redshirted his first season in 2005, was academically ineligible in 2006, and then played sparingly last season getting 18 yards on six carries.

Hasty said he will look back at his UW career with disappointment, feeling like he never really had a chance to show what he could do --- his Husky career will end with 18 yards on six carries, all last season.

"It's pretty frustrating coming in thinking you are the top guy and they take it from you,'' he said. "That hurts real bad. And from my own state (school), that kills me.''

He briefly quit the team at mid-season last year saying he felt he wasn't getting a fair opportunity, returned after some talks with Willingham, but never played again. He was suspended for most of spring football for disciplinary reasons, saying then and today that he was punished for not attending some off-season conditioning drills. He was briefly returned to the team midway through spring practice, then put on what he termed a "temporary leave of absence'' for the rest of spring drills.

"That (missing the conditioning drills) is pretty much what it was,'' he said. "That and the stuff that happened in the past, that's what it was.''

He said he hoped to return to the team this year, saying "I was ready to come back, but it wasn't in my power or control.''

He said one of his biggest frustrations is that his situation wasn't resolved earlier. He said his parents urged him to leave for good last fall but he wanted to try to make it work at UW. He is the son of former WSU defensive back and longtime NFL veteran James Hasty.

"I just wanted to stay because I felt like the team was family and this was my home state,'' he said. "But that didn't work out.''

He said he continued to hold out hope through the spring before finally being told a few weeks ago.

"I have no idea why they waited that long,'' he said. "That's the big thing that hurts. That boggles my mind. But it is what it is and I guess they had to do what they had to do.''

Hasty was expected to contend for a backup job at running back this fall if he had returned to the team.

He scored a state-record 50 touchdowns as a senior at Bellevue and was regarded as one of the top recruits in the state, choosing UW over Penn State, among others.

He said he doesn't necessarily regret coming to UW.

"I could talk about the 'what ifs?' but that's not really going to do me any good now,'' he said. "This is my home state. This is where I wanted to be. I just have to turn the page for the next chapter.''

A school spokesman said both players were academically eligible and Hasty said he also was told academics weren't an issue. He said one of his options could be to stay at UW and finish his degree though he is most likely to continue playing.

"I would like to stay somewhere around here and play right away and get as much game film as I can of myself,'' he said.

Murchison ran into legal trouble last August, arrested for assault and domestic violence, that had him suspended from the team for most of the season. He returned to play sparingly and was injured for most of spring football. He was expected to contend for a backup job this fall. Murchison was a JC transfer the Community College of San Francisco, redshirting in 2006 due to injuries. It is uncertain what his future plans may entail.

One other change revealed on the roster is Torry Myers replacing Anthony Gabriel as the team's graduate assistant coach working with the defense.


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