Wyoming's Bailey Out for the Season

Dec. 20, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming's outstanding senior forward Marcus Bailey will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his right knee during Thursday night's game with South Carolina, Head Coach Steve McClain said Friday.

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) Friday morning revealed that Bailey tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the second half of Wyoming's 77-63 victory in the Arena-Auditorium. Bailey had played 31 minutes and scored 19 points.

"It's a very difficult issue to deal with," McClain said. "Playing basketball for Wyoming was something Marcus had dreamed about all of his life, and we are hopeful that at some point he can continue his career. He needs to get healthy because he still has a future playing the game. This injury doesn't have to keep him from that future."

Details regarding surgery have yet to be determined, according to McClain.

McClain said that to petition the NCAA for a medical hardship for Bailey was not possible. "The NCAA criteria is very specific regarding a medical hardship. A student-athlete can only play in 20 per cent of his team's games for the season in order to be eligible. Mark played nine games, and that puts him over the limit."