Wooldridge To Return Against Texas Tech

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Jim Wooldridge will return to the bench for the Wildcats' game against Texas Tech on Wednesday after missing games last week against Iowa State and Missouri due to neck surgery.

Wooldridge returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since Feb. 6. After an engaging hour and an half practice at Bramlage Coliseum, Wooldridge said he felt well-enough to be able to coach on Wednesday. He will fly down separate from the team on Wednesday afternoon.

Wooldridge, 50, underwent successful neck surgery on Feb. 8 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, in which doctors removed a bulging disk in his neck and fused the C3-4 vertebrae in the near two-hour surgery. He was released from the hospital on Feb. 9. Wooldridge was suffering from a "significant disk protrusion" at the C3-4 vertebrae in his neck, which was creating pressure on his spinal cord causing numbness in his upper and lower extremities.

Assistant coach Jimmy Elgas, 34, had served as the team's interim head coach in Wooldridge's absence, guiding the Wildcats to a 1-1 record. Under Elgas, Kansas State rallied to clip Iowa State, 66-63, on Feb. 8 before dropping a 74-71 decision at Missouri on Sunday.

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