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Dominique Hatfield reinstated to Utah football program

By Josh Furlong | Posted - Sep. 7, 2015 at 5:17 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham announced at his Monday press conference that Dominique Hatfield has been reinstated with the program.

"He'll play as soon as he's ready," Whittingham said. "As things are turning out, it was our belief, in fairness, he was deserving to be able to be reinstated back onto the football team."

Whittingham said he made the decision with consultation with athletic director Chris Hill and that he felt Hatfield had served "enough of a punishment." Whittingham added that Hatfield would be able to play "whenever he is ready" but that there was no specific timeline.

"If he's ready this week, he'll play," Whittingham said. "If he's not, it could be something like three weeks."

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Prior to fall camp, Hatfield was involved with several legal issues, including allegations of felony aggravated robbery and a separate alleged misdemeanor assault issue. Hatfield was cleared of all charges relating to the aggravated robbery at the end of July, but the misdemeanor assault charges are still pending and waiting for the legal process to move along.

Whittingham said previously that the university had closure on both incidences and was waiting for the legal process to move along before reinstating Hatfield to the program. Whether the misdemeanor charges against Hatfield will remain are unknown at this time.

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