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Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Stevie Clark travels, doesn't play after Kansas State

Cowboys coach Travis Ford declined to offer specifics on Stevie Clark's status, but did acknowledge the interest of fans and observers, considering Clark had been previously been suspended and sent home from the Old Spice Classic in Florida.
by John Helsley Published: January 4, 2014

OSU freshman Stevie Clark traveled with the team to Manhattan, but did not play in Saturday's 74-71 loss at Kansas State, following his arrest for marijuana possession on Wednesday.

Clark didn't participate in pregame warm-ups or sit on the bench, instead limited to waiting in the locker room for the whole game.

Cowboys coach Travis Ford declined to offer specifics on Clark's status, but did acknowledge the interest of fans and observers, considering Clark had been previously been suspended and sent home from the Old Spice Classic in Florida.

“I get that. I fully grasp that they want to know,” Ford said. “And I appreciate it. But you've got to step back … it's not always as easy as people think. It's not always easy just to comment. It's just happened.

“We're just evaluating the whole situation and seeing what's next. But there's really not any statement to make.”

FORD TIGHTENS ROTATION

With Michael Cobbins lost to injury and Clark not available, Ford used his bench sparingly beyond regular sixth man Phil Forte.

Marek Soucek, Christien Sager and Leyton Hammonds combined for just 10 minutes, combining for no points and one rebound. Junior college big man Gary Gaskins, expected to fill some of the void in the post, didn't play.

Ford said his circle of trust could expand with time.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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