Pledger suspended for Oklahoma’s season opener

Starting guard Steven Pledger has been suspended for Oklahoma’s

season opener for a secondary violation of NCAA rules.

Sooners coach Lon Kruger announced Wednesday that Pledger will

sit out Friday’s game against Idaho State because he played in a

pro-am game last summer. Pledger, who averaged 10.9 points last

season, will be reinstated for the team’s next game Nov. 18 against

Coppin State.

According to documents released to The Associated Press after an

open records request, Pledger failed to correctly submit an

electronic form with the compliance department to get permission to

play in the game. Compliance officials later noticed on Twitter

that Pledger had participated and self-reported the violation to

the NCAA.

Pledger started 26 games for Oklahoma last season and was the

team’s third-leading scorer.