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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stan Hasiak leaves Bruins for indefinite amount of time

UCLA freshman guard Stan Hasiak will not be with the team for an indefinite period, as he is "dealing with issues," Coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Hasiak, one of the top players in the Bruins' 2009 recruiting class, went home to Hawaii over the weekend. It was not known whether he had returned.

The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Hasiak did not suit up against Washington on Saturday and did not make the trip to Oregon State on Oct. 31.

Hasiak, who has appeared in four games this season, has had a number of anger issues on the practice field, particularly early in the season. He was involved in a handful of near fights with teammates during live scrimmages. He appeared in the first two games but was benched for the Kansas State game and did not play in the next two games.

Hasiak is back in Los Angeles but could not be reached for comment.

UCLA coaches considered Hasiak a key player in rebuilding the offensive line. He was ranked the fourth-best guard nationally by Rivals.com as a senior at Kapolei (Ha.) High. He was recruited by USC and visited Michigan and California before committing to UCLA.

Hasiak came to training camp hoping to earn a starting spot but was used off the bench in the season opener against San Diego State. He saw more time against Tennessee the following week but has played little since. Hasiak had spent last week playing on the scout team in practice.

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