Ok­la­homa State’s Weath­ers re­turn­ing af­ter sus­pen­sion

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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.

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