New Mexico Won’t Let Carey Rejoin Team
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ New Mexico guard Senque Carey was not given medical clearance to rejoin the team after a spinal cord injury last season left his legs paralyzed for two weeks.
Carey met earlier this month with team physician Dr. Bob Schenck, head trainer Dave Binder and coach Ritchie McKay.
They told Carey that Schenck did not feel comfortable giving Carey medical clearance.
Carey, a senior last season, was injured in the second game of the season last November while taking a charge against Northwestern State. He underwent surgery and is asking the NCAA to grant him another year of eligibility.
He was paralyzed from the waist down for 13 days before regaining feeling during a physical therapy session.
``I bet you could ask anybody in the public if it was wise for Senque to continue his career, and they would say, `Sure, we wish he could, but he probably shouldn’t,‴ said Conrad Colbert, senior associate athletics director.
Carey said he hopes to play at another school if granted another year of eligibility. If the request is granted and he attends another Division I school, he would have to sit out a year. He could play immediately if he transfers to a school in a lower division.