Nichols out for the season with injured knee

Updated: December 8, 2005, 11:20 PM ET
Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas State senior guard Jerry Nichols, who missed practices during the preseason because he didn't want to wear a certain brand of shoes, is out for the season because of an injured left knee that will need surgery.

Nichols was averaging 5.3 points per game this season. He was the Indians' leading returning scorer after averaging 9.6 points in 2004-05.

"We are so terribly disappointed," Indians coach Dickey Nutt said Thursday night. "It is a major, major blow to this basketball team. He will be sorely missed."

Nutt said it wasn't clear when Nichols' injury occurred -- perhaps in a loss at Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 1. Nichols missed the last few minutes of that game and hasn't played since.

Nichols was initially believed to have hurt his hamstring, but an MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Nichols had the same type of injury to his right knee before coming to Arkansas State.

Nichols missed practices during the preseason because he didn't want to play in Adidas shoes, which athletic director Dean Lee said the Indians were contractually obligated to wear. Nichols had already had two knee operations and said he was initially hurt while wearing Adidas.

The flap was resolved when the shoe company said it would not require Nichols to wear Adidas, although it hoped he would look through its selection of footwear and pick something made by the company.

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