Archive for Wednesday, October 23, 1996

S MCGRATH MAY BE BACK NEXT WEEK

October 23, 1996

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Kansas University point guard C.B. McGrath should return to practice as early as next week.

McGrath, a 5-foot-11 junior from Topeka, had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He began rehab on Tuesday, about 24 hours after the operation.

"I was talking to (KU athletic director) Bob Frederick today and he remembered when he had his done years ago he was in a splint six weeks and was out of action three to six months," KU trainer Mark Cairns said.

When Frederick played in the 60s, torn cartilage required removal of the cartilage. Current procedures require just a small incision for the arthroscopic surgery.

"When I told him C.B. could be back next week, he shook his head. He couldn't believe it," Cairns said.

McGrath, who suffered the injury in warmups at Friday's Late Night with Roy Williams but still played in the scrimmage, did experience pain Tuesday after undergoing rehab and range-of-motion exercises.

Meanwhile, freshman guard-forward Nick Bradford, who has a broken nose, likely will return to practice Friday.

"Today, in fact, through the blizzard, we went to Overland Park and had a cast made for a mask," Cairns said, noting the 6-6 frosh will need to wear a mask for several weeks.

NOTES

  • Injured KU point guard Jacque Vaughn is one of the top 10 candidates for the Naismith Award, which goes to college basketball's top player. Raef LaFrentz is in the second 10. KU women's player Tamecka Dixon is also in the second 10.
  • Much has been made of the Big 12 Conference's football losses to schools in the WAC this year. KU coach Roy Williams has a 13-1 record versus the WAC.
  • Williams enters the season with a .792 winning percentage. That would rank him fifth all time. However, a coach must have worked 10 seasons to be eligible for the all-time list. He's entering his ninth year at KU.
  • Williams also ranked fifth last year in most money raised for "Coaches Against Cancer." His total: $34,350.

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