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December 31, 2009

Indiana State's Kelly done for season

TERRE HAUTE — A cautiously positive outlook for Indiana State guard Jake Kelly turned to the worst case scenario on Wednesday.

Kelly injured his left knee in ISU’s 70-52 loss at Southern Illinois on Tuesday and a MRI revealed that he tore the ACL in his knee and will be out for the remainder of the season.

The diagnosis was made by ISU team doctor Tom Klootwyk on Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis.

“It’s a bad deal when anybody goes down for the year like that. In Jake’s case, he’s had a lot thrown in his lap in the last year. To have that happen is another real challenge for him to overcome,” said ISU coach Kevin McKenna, shortly after he delivered the news to Kelly’s family on Wednesday afternoon.

“You lose your mom, you join a new team and try to get acclimated and this happens. It’s really, really a terrible thing to have happen. With the support of his teammates and coaches, he can get through this too,” McKenna said.

Kelly could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The initial opinion of Southern Illinois’ medical staff on Tuesday night was that Kelly had a MCL sprain, but there was no damage to his ACL. Both the SIU staff and ISU trainer Brad Yeargin did say there was swelling at the time. The MRI revealed the tear.

ISU will file for a medical redshirt waiver. The NCAA threshold for a medical redshirt waiver is that a player has had to have played 30 percent or fewer of his team’s games. Kelly has played in all 12 of ISU’s games so far.

ISU’s case would rest on the fact that the NCAA considers a non-exempt tournament — ISU played four games in the Preseason NIT — as one contest date. If that is deemed to be the case, than Kelly would have nine "official" games under his belt.

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