OSU's Olukemi out for season with knee injury
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
11/21/12 at 2:31 PM
STILLWATER -- The emotional roller coaster continues for Jéan-Paul Olukemi.
A senior swingman at Oklahoma State, Olukemi is done for the season after tearing his left ACL on Thursday against Akron in Puerto Rico, coach Travis Ford said Wednesday.
"I just hate it for him," Ford said. "Obviously he's been through a lot. ... He was excited for his senior year after going through everything he'd been through."
Because he participated in less than 20 percent of the season, Olukemi would likely qualify for a medical redshirt.
The news comes three weeks after Olukemi's eligibility was restored for the full season as the result of an NCAA appeal. He had been ruled ineligible beyond the fall semester because he unknowingly started his eligibility clock by taking junior-college classes while in high school.
For the second straight year, Olukemi will miss Big 12 play while sidelined with a knee injury. He tore his right ACL on Dec. 31 in a nonconference finale against Virginia Tech.
Olukemi hasn't fully recovered from that injury but was inserted into the starting lineup after forward Michael Cobbins fractured a big toe in an exhibition and hasn't returned.
The 20th-ranked Cowboys (4-0) also are without swingman Brian Williams, who is out for the season with a wrist injury.
Reserve forward Marek Soucek was hurt Friday against Tennessee, but his injury is a minor knee sprain, Ford said.
Jéan-Paul Olukemi. KT KING/For the Tulsa World