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'Doesn't look good for Payne,' McCaffery says

[ 1 ] January 3, 2011 |

Iowa's Cully Payne

Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery, who has not closed the door on a possible return to the court by sophomore  point guard Cully Payne this season, made it sound unlikely Monday.

“It doesn't look good for

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him this year,'' McCaffery said on his weekly radio show.

Payne had surgery to repair a sports hernia on Nov. 30. Surgeons also found, and repaired, a torn oblique muscle.

McCaffery said it could be a month, or two months, before Payne could return.

“If it's two months, the season is about over,'' McCaffery said.

Since he played in just five games this season, Payne would qualify for a medical redshirt season. He was averaging 3.8 points and started the season's first five games.

Payne started all 32 games last season as a freshman, averaging 8.7 points and collecting 122 assists.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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