He would rather have played, of course.
But Kansas senior Rodrick Stewart -- formerly of Rainier Beach High in Seattle -- appreciated his teammates going out and winning their national semifinals match over North Carolina in the Alamo Dome on Saturday -- the day after Stewart suffered a season-ending kneecap fracture.
Some of his thoughts:
On watching from the sideline: It was hard to just be there watching my team. I was over there taking it kind of bad at the end of the game, with about three minutes to go. The guys got the good lead, and I felt good once I got back to the locker room. I was feeling bad because I wanted to be out there so bad."
On the knee: I was in pain in the second half, but I wanted to be here and watch the guys. Some of the pain was just having to sit and watch and not be able to play.
On support from his teammates: They are using it as motivation, and every time they came to the bench they would tell me to keep my head up. It is all about the team. I don't know if my knee really helped motivate us, but I hope it did and it looked like it did. Whatever works to win out there.
On the crowd chanting his name at the end: I was over there trying to hold it together at the end. I appreciate them doing that, and I have so much respect for the fans. For them to show their love like that really touched my heart.