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February 9, 2014

Marcus Smart suspended for three games after shoving fan



Texas Tech released a statement Sunday, at the same time as the Oklahoma State press conference, about its own investigation into the incident. The statement says Jeff Orr, the fan involved in the incident, "admitted to directing an inappropriate phrase" at the Cowboy sophomore.

Included in the release from the university is a statement from Orr, in which he claims he called Smart a "piece of crap." The release states that Orr "voluntarily agreed to not attend a Texas Tech home or away basketball game for the remainder of the season."

Ford said during the OSU press conference that Texas Tech did not contact him in the process of their investigation. Holder said Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt reached out to him Sunday, but the OSU athletics director did not specify if Texas Tech included Oklahoma State in their investigation.

Smart will miss two road games back to the state of Texas during the suspension — Tuesday's game in Austin and a game at Baylor Feb. 17. The sophomore point guard will also miss Saturday's home Bedlam battle with Oklahoma. The next game Smart will be available to play is Feb. 22 in Gallagher-Iba Arena — against Texas Tech.

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