STILLWATER – Stevie Clark’s career at Oklahoma State didn’t last a full season.
And his quick departure cripples the Cowboys’ depth even further.
Clark was dismissed Monday by Cowboys coach Travis Ford, on the heels of his early Sunday morning arrest – his third incident since joining the program.
“We care about Stevie and wish nothing but the best for him,” Ford said. “We want him to find success in his future, wherever that may be.”
The dismissal of Clark takes away a bench scoring threat and a natural point guard who could free Marcus Smart and Markel Brown to play without the ball for stretches of games. Now those two will have to share the point position.
And the impact extends beyond the point.
Entering Monday night’s game against Iowa State, the Cowboys had but six available players averaging more seven minutes or more a game.
The Cowboys used just three reserves in Saturday’s loss to Baylor, with Clark playing 11 minutes. One of the three, Gary Gaskins, played only three minutes.
Gaskins did not play against Iowa State, but Leyton Hammonds and Christien Sager each got minutes.
Marek Soucek isn’t a fit against athletic teams. And Ford has so far been reluctant to take the redshirt off freshman Jeffrey Carroll.
Sunday’s arrest became the final straw for Ford, who had twice previously suspended the former Douglass High School standout.
Clark was arrested for a second time in the span of little more than a month, this time in Stillwater on a complaint of “outraging public decency.” Details released Monday revealed Clark was spotted by an officer urinating out of a moving vehicle that was being driven by someone else.
The former Douglass High School star and two-time State Player of the Year by The Oklahoman was suspended and sent home from OSU’s trip to Florida for the Old Spice Classic in late November for what was termed a violation of team rules. He missed all three tournament games in Florida, before returning to play 12 minutes against South Carolina on Dec. 6.
Then on Jan. 1, Clark was arrested and booked into jail in Edmond for possession of marijuana during a traffic stop along I-35.