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A year ago, Barbara Hedges, Dana Richardson and Dr. William Scheyer were at the center of scandals dogging the University of Washington athletic department, their names in newspaper headlines almost constantly.

Now, all three have moved on and apparently prefer to be kept out of the limelight.

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Hedges, UW’s athletic director from 1991 until last January, is retired and living in Palm Springs, Calif., according to a UW spokesman. She did not respond to a request for an interview and has said little publicly since leaving, declining interview requests after her appearances at hearings before the Pac-10 and NCAA.

Richardson, who was UW’s compliance director and authored the infamous memo that gave incorrect information on the NCAA’s gambling rules, left the school in February. Her lawyer declined to say where Richardson is today or what she is doing, saying only “she would prefer, basically, to keep her name out of the newspapers for a while.”

Scheyer, the doctor alleged to have improperly prescribed medication to the UW softball team, agreed in September to give up his medical license as part of a settlement of a state investigation into his drug-dispensing practices. However, the agreement came with no admission of guilt or wrongdoing.

Scheyer, 76, is living on the Eastside and spending time with his wife, Z, according to one of his lawyers.

And then there’s Rick Neuheisel, the only one of the bunch who might prefer to get his name back in the headlines.

Dana Richardson left the UW in February.

Neuheisel, the former UW football coach whose involvement in a college basketball pool precipitated the Huskies’ scandalous year, won’t speak to The Seattle Times. But in interviews with other media outlets, he has professed a wish to return to college coaching, and his name surfaced recently in connection with openings at places such as Indiana, Mississippi and San Jose State.

At the moment, however, Neuheisel — who lives in Bellevue and spent the fall again working as a volunteer coach at Rainier Beach High — doesn’t have a new job.

His lawsuit against the university, alleging he was wrongfully fired, is set to begin Jan. 24 in King County Superior Court.

Bob Condotta