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Nichols out for the season with injured knee

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.