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Are we two weeks away from a major change in the O’Bannon case?

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On June 20, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken discussed the possibility of the plaintiffs in the case that involves former athletes such as Ed O’Bannon adding current student-athletes to its case.

Friday, Wilken ruled that lawyers representing the plaintiffs would be allowed to amend its complaint against the NCAA, EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company to add a current student-athlete to its case according to USA Today.

The lawyers have two weeks to make the necessary adjustments, and according to lead attorney Michael Hausfeld they have some options from which to choose.

Following the hearing, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, Michael Hausfeld said: “We’ve been anticipating this for quite some time and there are a number of current athletes who have expressed a desire and an interest in joining the case.”

How much of an impact will decision have on the case? That depends on who the current student-athlete(s) may be, as it will be difficult to make a case using student-athletes who’ve had little impact (read: bench-warmers) on revenue brought in by the defendants.

Also of note is whether or not the lawyers representing the plaintiffs receive assurances from the NCAA that those current student-athletes won’t have their decision to join the case held against them. It would be a lot easier to find current student-athletes to join the case if they know that their eligibility (and scholarship) won’t be at risk should they decide to do so.

Once this step is taken, Judge Wilken will then be able to render a decision in regards to whether or not the case will receive class-action certification. Then we’ll know just how big of an impact the addition of current student-athletes will have on this.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.