Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon went to Harborview Medical Center immediately after the game tonight to be with Derrick Roland, the Aggies’ guard who was undergoing surgery for a broken fibula and tibia suffered in UW’s 73-64 win. (See post below.)
However, assistant head coach Scott Spinelli briefed the media on what was going on with his player and his team.
“We know he’s stable,” Spinelli said. “They’re going to take him into surgery tonight. He has a compound fracture. The bone was actually protruding from the skin. It was a full tibia fibula break. Hopefully surgery goes well. He’ll be out of surgery sometime (Wednesday).”
On the view from the bench: (With warning that this section is not for the squeamish…) “Our trainer … became very very pale. I think he almost passed out looking at the injury. It was a very gruesome sight for everyone to look at. I didn’t see it. According to our trainer it was protruding from the skin. It was gory. … We heard it. I didn’t see it. you cold hear the snap. It was a loud snap. I know we all heard the snap and it’s something you’re never going to forget. It was a loud break.”
On the injury’s affect on the game: “It was a hard thing for everybody to go through here. It obviously affected our team in more ways than one. Give Washington credit. Washington is a very good team. That wasn’t the reason we lost.”
On what was said to the team: “First of all, we said a prayer as a team. We all got together, we prayed for D-ro. A lot of our guys were in tears. Crying I think partly because of the injury, the way it looked. Partly because they realized D-Ro was down, being such a tough, competitive guy that he is, it’s tough to see a guy like Derrick Roland in that situation. I think a lot of our guys were upset by both the injury and the way it looked and the fact that D-Ro was down. We tried to get the guys back. At one point, coach Turgeon was going to go with him to the hospital instead of finishing the game. Again, our guys really wanted to rally around him and see if we could come up with a win. Our prayers are with D-Ro and hopefully he comes out of surgery ok. He’s stable now and we expect him to make a full recovery.”
On this ending Roland’s college career: “You don’t know. Obviously at this point he’s a senior, he’s going to take a long time to rehab, but you never know what’s going to happen in terms of medical redshirt. I know he’s played in a lot of games … again, D-Ro was a huge part of Texas A&M’s success over the last four years. He’s a leader for us both on and off the floor and it’s very hard for our guys to swallow. They’re in tough shape right now.”