Barely into the 2014 calendar, OklahomaState basketball coach Travis Ford might need to amend his resolutions.
Needed: better fortune.
Less than 10 hours into the new year, backup point guard Stevie Clark was arrested and booked into jail in Edmond for possession of marijuana.
As 2013 came to a close, Ford and the No. 6-ranked Cowboys lost starting post player Michael Cobbins for the remainder of the season to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Clark — who has already served one team suspension as a freshman in this start to his Cowboys career — seemed destined for an increase in playing time as OSU works to offset the loss of Cobbins. Now his immediate future is clouded after he was arrested during a traffic stop Wednesday morning along Interstate 35 near 33rd Street in Edmond.
The former Douglass High School star, twice named State Player of the Year by The Oklahoman, was the passenger in a car pulled over for a seat belt violation at 9:37 a.m. Clark was booked into the Edmond jail before bond was posted and he was released later in the day.
Ford was not available for comment on Clark’s situation or status on Wednesday.
Clark, however, was busy for a time on Twitter.
“It could have been anything he was gone try to ruin me anyways.”
“Can’t ride through the hood in peace sooo … all the police.”
Marcus Ramon Caddell, a former Douglass football player, was the driver of the vehicle and was also arrested. Caddell played at Douglass until the 2012-13 school year and at one time signed to play at East Central, although he is not listed on the team’s roster.
Caddell was a member of The Oklahoman’s 2010 All-State team.
Previously this season, Clark was suspended and sent home from Florida for what was termed a violation of team rules, as OSU prepared to play in the Old Spice Classic. He missed all three tournament games in Florida, before returning to play 12 minutes against South Carolina on Dec. 6.
Clark is averaging 7.0 points and 3.7 assists off the bench. He was coming off a career-best, nine-assist performance in the Cowboys 92-66 win over Robert Morris on Monday.
In light of Cobbins’ injury, Ford suggested that his team would likely use a variety of approaches, including smaller lineups that utilize Marcus Smart off the ball, which would put Clark in play for more minutes.
“Stevie Clark, Phil Forte ... Le’Bryan Nash may have to play some five, and Marcus Smart may have to play some four,” Ford said. “It’s going to require everybody collectively.”
The Cowboys, 12-1 and already short-handed, are due to open Big 12 play at KansasState on Saturday.