NCAA ruling costs Oklahoma State senior forward three regular season games

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As a true freshman at Oklahoma State in 2010-11, forward Michael Cobbins played a total of five minutes in two of the Cowboys’ first three games before the decision was made to redshirt him that season. Unfortunately for Cobbins and head coach Travis Ford, those five minutes played constitute a full season of competition.

Saturday it was reported that due to an NCAA ruling regarding that redshirt season, Cobbins will have to sit out the team’s exhibition game against Missouri Western and the first three games of the regular season.

The Cowboys’ first three regular season games are against opponents they’ll be expected to handle, Southeastern Louisiana, Prairie View A&M and Northwestern (Oklahoma) State. Of Oklahoma State’s three available post players two, redshirt junior Anthony Allen and freshman Mitchell Solomon, did not play a minute of college basketball in 2013-14. Senior Marek Soucek is the other post option for the Cowboys.

But it would be good to have Cobbins on the floor in game action, especially when considering the fact that he played in just 13 games last season before rupturing his Achilles in a win over Robert Morris. Cobbins and senior forward Le’Bryan Nash are expected to lead the way in the front court for Oklahoma State, which was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll.