UA football: Bondurant working toward rejoining team

2014-08-03T20:30:00Z 2014-08-04T09:41:46Z UA football: Bondurant working toward rejoining teamDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tra’Mayne Bondurant’s dismissal from the Arizona Wildcats didn’t last long.

The senior safety was back at practice tonight, but didn’t participate. Instead, he walked the stairs at Kindall/Sancet Stadium with a weight vest strapped on.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said Saturday that Bondurant was no longer with the team because he failed to complete some punishment that had been handed his way after some discipline issues.

The coach hadn’t talked to Bondurant face-to-face at that point through. Bondurant reached out to Rodriguez today and began his road toward rejoining the UA.

“He has a certain number of things to do,” Rodriguez said. “And if he does that, he’ll come back. If he doesn’t, he won’t. He reached out to me and we had a couple of conversations. I told him if he wants to play football for Arizona, this is what he’s supposed to do. Now, he has to do a little more than he had to do before because he took a day off. So that’s what it is.

“I don’t know how long it will be, a few days, a week, a couple of weeks, only the head ball coach is going to determine that.”

Bondurant, who has started 30 games in his career, has never been suspended in two seasons under Rodriguez, and the coach reiterated Sunday that Bondurant just made a few mistakes.

“If I thought he was a turd, we would have already flushed him out,” the coach said.

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