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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
South Carolina forward Gray has turf toe, might redshirt

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Chad Gray, a promising forward for South Carolina, stubbed a toe during practice and might redshirt this year.

He was injured Tuesday and diagnosed with turf toe, coach Dave Odom said. The Gamecocks (7-2) host North Carolina-Asheville on Thursday and Jacksonville on Friday. Gray will miss both games.

"He's in a walking boot and will be re-evaluated at the end of the week," Odom said. "There is a possibility we could redshirt him now. That's something that will be determined later in the week. I am not going to sacrifice a whole year for 10 games."

The 6-foot-7 forward joined the team about a week ago when he was admitted to the university. His admission this fall initially was denied because of concerns over his former prep school, which had been on a list of those being looked at as "diploma mills" by the NCAA. The NCAA later permitted schools to accept Florida Preparatory Academy athletes.

"The kid's been through a lot. We have to be there for him," Odom said. "The only good thing I can find that makes me feel better is that we never had him."