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August 9, 2007 at 12:32 PM

Murchison not with team for now

Washington coach Tyrone Willingham refused to classify it as a suspension, but he said today that Jordan Murchison “will not do anything with the team at this time.”
That statement came in the wake of yesterday’s news that Murchison had been booked into jail for failing to appear for a court date in connection with an earlier assault arrest.
Willingham said it was “indefinite of when he will practice” and would not say specifically what would have to occur for Murchison to return to the team. He said again he will wait to make a final decision once he has all the information on the case.
Willingham said he was not aware that Murchison also had three misdemeanor charges facing him in relation to a domestic violence incident in June.
Willingham said he became aware on Wednesday that Murchison had missed the July court date and met with Murchison and told him to take care of the matter. Murchison apparently then turned himself in to the UW police department.
Willingham indefinitely suspended running back Michael Houston last October when it became known that Houston had been arrested for stealing a cab. Willingham said this case was different because he had more information about that case than he did this one.
He said he knew last spring about the initial arrest of Murchison and indicated he was under the impression that Murchison was doing what needed to be done.
I’ll have a more on this later.
SAVANNAH NOT ELIGIBLE?: Willingham also clarified the reason for E.J. Savannah’s demotion to the second team today, saying that
Savannah has some academic situations to clear up before becoming full eligible.
“We’re working on that,” Willingham said without elaborating as to the specifics.
Savannah has been practicing with the team. Willingham said he would “know by game week” if Savannah will be eligible for the opener against Syracuse.

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