Oct. 24, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior guard and top returning scorer Cecil Brown will miss four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot, Gaucho head coach Bob Williams announced Tuesday.
Brown, who was awarded a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA in the spring, suffered the injury during preseason drills and conditioning. He has already been sidelined for 10 days so his return date will likely be at some point in mid to late November.
"Obviously everyone is disappointed for Cecil and the team, but it is better that this happened now rather than later," Williams said. "He's already been off of it for 10 days and that's part of the four to six weeks."
In 2005-06, Brown averaged career-highs of 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He missed the 2001-02 and 2004-05 seasons because of injuries and, thus, UCSB applied for his sixth year early in the spring and it was approved soon thereafter.
"This is difficult," Williams assured, "but we've handled adversity before and we'll handle this. The important thing is that Cecil get healthy and get back before league play."
The Gauchos open the 2006-07 campaign with an exhibition game against UC San Diego on Nov. 1. UCSB will play Westmont in another exhibition on Nov. 6. The regular season will tip-off on Friday, Nov. 10 when the Gauchos host San Jose State.