Amber Gray Not Cleared by Tennessee
The Tennessee athletic department announced Tuesday that Gray, who underwent brain surgery last July, will not be cleared by the department's medical staff to continue her basketball career for the Lady Vols.
Gray, an Ohio native, missed the 2009-2010 season after she had surgery to repair a brain aneurysm that had caused her to have a stroke.
Gray's condition became apparent after she underwent surgery for an injured shoulder. It took 12-1/2 hours to repair the broken blood vessel, which had likely been there long before the shoulder injury. The brain surgery saved her life.
She played in 27 games as a freshman in 2008-09, averaging 2.7 points a game off the bench.
The athletic department issued a release on Tuesday about Gray's status after "careful consideration" and consultation with medical experts. The statement did not include a comment from coach Pat Summitt.
"Amber is a courageous young woman and we hope she will remain at UT as a student," said UT women's athletic director Joan Cronan. "If she decides she would like to pursue a playing opportunity at another university, we will support her decision to do so. We only want what is best for Amber."