Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford announced on Tuesday that Philip Jurick has been suspended from the team. The Oklahoma State center was suspended after pleading not guilty to possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The center played in 27 games last season, including starting in 16 of them. Jurick is 6’11, and helped the Cowboys in the paint, scoring just under 2 points and grabbing 5 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma State is set to leave for Spain as they take a foreign tour and play several exhibition games. The Cowboys finished the 2011-2012 season with a 15-18 record, including winning just 7 of 18 in Big 12 games. The Cowboys were blown out by Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
The Oklahoma State center was not the only basketball player arrested recently. This came after teammate Darrell Williams was charged with four counts of rape, only to be acquitted on two of those counts. He has a formal sentencing on August 24th. This dates back to a party in December of 2010 when two women accused Williams of reaching inside their pants and groping them.
When Williams was let go from the team in February of 2011 he led the team in rebounding and scored over 7 points per game. Travis Ford has recently discussed his team’s legal problems and how he would like to clean up the image. Ford has a lot of work to do both on and off the court with the Cowboys.