Bronco Mendenhall says Harvey Unga definitely wants to return to Cougars' program

by | Apr. 21, 2010

Saints & Sports

BYU running back Harvey Unga, who withdrew from school last Friday due to an honor code violation, wants to return to the Cougar football program "in the most desperate way," coach Bronco Mendenhall said Tuesday morning.

"Harvey's first choice, and what he's fighting diligently for in trying to express to the administration at BYU, is that he wants to be back," Mendenhall said while fielding questions from reporters during Tuesday's Mountain West Conference teleconference. "This goes back to the decision he made (last January) to not declare for the (NFL) draft early and stay at BYU.

"He'll be the first in his family to graduate and receive a college degree. He's matured in so many areas over his time here at BYU and he loves our program. ... He wants to be here in the most desperate way. So that it is his hope, that is his intent, and that's what he'd like to do."

Mendenhall explained that the process of Unga's possible return "is still ongoing and I don't have a time frame on when a decision will be reached and how that will affect Harvey. If he's allowed to come back for the fall, obviously that would be something that we'd love to have."

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