Oklahoma State’s Weathers returning after suspension
Oklahoma State guard Michael Weathers, who was charged with grand larceny in September and suspended from the team, was allowed to return to practice.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton made the announcement in a statement on social media.
According to Payne County court records, Weathers pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of knowingly concealing stolen property and received a two-year deferred sentence. He made a public apology on social media on Thursday for what he called a “terrible decision” to steal a purse.
Boynton said Weathers has shown “sincere re- morse.” He said Weathers will “begin the process of regaining the trust of his teammates and coaches as it relates to returning to games.”
No. 4 Baylor 116, Saint Francis 58: Kalani Brown scored 23 points, freshman NaLyssa Smith had her first double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds and host Baylor trailed briefly in the middle of the first quarter before rolling over Saint Francis of Pennsylvania. No. 11 Texas 78, Duquesne 41: Lashann Higgs scored 20 points, Jatarie White had a double-double and host Texas rolled over Duquesne. Minnesota: Minnesota has a first team all-conference player coming back with Kenisha Bell, along with Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winner Destiny Pitts and four of the top five scorers from a team that finished 24-9 last season and won an NCAA Tournament game.
When the Gophers start their schedule Friday night in front of a packed house, though, the fans will be most excited to see the head coach.
Lindsay Whalen will take the court with her new team in the opener against New Hampshire, one of the most-anticipated debuts in women’s college basketball this year. Three months after announcing her retirement from the WNBA, Whalen has begun her full-time focus on the program she once helped build.
“I always hoped at some point I would work my way back here. You just don’t know in what timing or in what capacity, so I’m just really thankful and really appreciative of the opportunity and the timing for it all to work out,” Whalen said.