Update: 8/4 2:35 p.m. ET
It appears that Tra'Mayne Bondurant's absence from the Arizona team didn't last long.
A day after Rich Rodriguez said that the senior safety was "no longer a Wildcat," Bondurant was back at the team's practice Sunday night. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Bondurant did not participate and instead walked the stadium stairs while wearing a weighted vest.
Rodriguez said that Bondurant reached out to him earlier in the day Sunday, and the coach allowed him to rejoin the team in a limited capacity.
"He has a certain number of things to do and if he does that, he'll come back," Rodriguez said. "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 bit more than he had to do before because he took a day off.
Rodriguez said he does not know exactly how long it will be before Bondurant officially rejoins the team. He said it could be anywhere from "a few days" to "a couple of weeks."
"If I thought he was a turd, we would have already flushed him out."
Thanks for the visual, coach.
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One of the leaders of Arizona’s defense in 2013 is no longer with the team.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that senior safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant told the coaching staff he was leaving the program Saturday morning. According to Rodriguez, Bondurant was being disciplined for undisclosed reasons, but he did not complete the requirements of his punishment.
“Tra’Maybe Bondurant had some discipline things that he had to do, and he chose to leave the program, so he’s no longer a Wildcat as of today,” Rodriguez said, per the Arizona Daily Star. “You can do the discipline and be part of the team, or, I never lock the doors from the inside out. The doors are never locked.”
Rodriguez said that Bondurant’s status was not permanent and that he had not yet met with the safety one-on-one.
“I wouldn’t say no chance (he doesn’t return) because his position coach has talked to him, but I haven’t,” Rodriguez said. “He had some discipline to do and he decided to quit instead. So that’s where we’re at.”
Bondurant has been a significant contributor for Arizona throughout his career. In three seasons, he has made 30 starts, registering 191 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and seven interceptions. As a junior, Bondurant made 72 tackles – seven for loss – and intercepted four passes. He also picked up two sacks and five pass breakups.
The 5-foot-10, 216-pound Bondurant was a lightly-recruited two-star prospect out of Fairfield, California who immediately made an impact for the Wildcats as a true freshman, making six starts and playing in all 12 games.
Arizona’s season opens at home against UNLV on August 29.
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