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Oregon’s Hartley Mum on Suspension

December 18, 1998

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Saying only that he made a mistake, Oregon receiver Tony Hartley refused to explain the violation of team rules that led to his suspension for the Ducks’ Aloha Bowl game against Colorado.

Hartley, a junior who caught 48 passes for 1,015 yards and 10 touchdowns, was suspended indefinitely by coach Mike Bellotti on Thursday and won’t be making the trip when the team leaves Saturday for Honolulu.

The No. 21 Ducks (8-3) play unranked Colorado (7-4) on Christmas Day.

Neither Bellotti nor Hartley would elaborate on the suspension.

Asked if he wanted to provide details to stop speculation among fans, Hartley told the Register-Guard, ``If they’re really fans, and if they appreciate this team and what I’ve done, they’ll understand why I don’t feel like putting my business out there.

``I made a mistake, and that’s what I’ll tell everybody, and I’ll learn from it,″ he said.

Hartley, of Los Alamitos, Calif., also said he was considering declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft.

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