Littlehead suspended from Fiesta Bowl

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
12/21/2011 09:20 AM
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma State defensive tackle Christian Littlehead has been suspended for the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl game against Stanford, coach Mike Gundy said on Dec. 19.

Littlehead, 20, and Jonathan Lawrence Rush, 22, were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia on Dec. 12 in Payne County District Court.

Littlehead is scheduled to appear in court at 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 29. A court date hasn’t been set for Rush, according to court records.

Oklahoma State University police went to a residence hall on Dec. 8 and found two homemade smoking devices in the room occupied by Littlehead and Rush. One device had a white lid containing burnt residue and the other had a black lid containing burnt residue, according to court documents.

The Oklahoma State University coach said he had gathered information on the case and suspended Littlehead, a redshirt freshman from Tahlequah, for the Fiesta Bowl.

Rush, a senior offensive lineman from Killeen, Texas, was injured earlier in the season and won’t play in the Fiesta Bowl because of the injury. Gundy said Rush would be granted a medical waiver allowing him to play next season.

“This is the most difficult part of handling the discipline of our players,” Gundy said. “I have to get all the information ... listen to all the different sides of the story and than I have to decide what punishment each player should get based on what role they played. Then we move forward.”

Littlehead played in 12 games this season. He averaged about 18 to 22 plays a game. He recorded 13 solo tackles and 3 assists.

“I will say this for Chris. We’ve all been young and we all made mistakes. I’m still behind him 100 percent, but he’s lost his right to play in the bowl game.”

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