Pledger suspended for Oklahoma's season opener

BY foxsports • November 9, 2011

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.

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