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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball coach John Shulman said he will begin looking into getting transfer junior transfer Troy Cage a sixth year of NCAA eligibility.

Normally, an athlete has five years from when he or she first enrolls at an NCAA school to get in four years of play. Cage is in his fourth school year but has not played in what would be his third season because of a stress fracture in his right shin. No time frame has been established for his return.

"I have a feeling that we're probably going to have to start looking into that," Shulman said. "I'm not throwing any definites out there right now. We're going to look into that.

"I know that we're going to do what's best for Troy, but I don't know what that is at this moment."

Cage redshirted one year at UNLV, played one year there, transferred to Kilgore (Texas) Junior College and played a season and then transferred to UTC, where he has two years of eligibility. He was expected to contribute at small forward after averaging 14.3 points per game last season.

"The other option is that he limps around and plays and we get very little out of him, or we're looking at surgery and seeing if we can get a sixth year," Shulman said. "I coach basketball. I'm not a doctor. I didn't think stress fractures took longer than ACL surgeries."

Cage remains optimistic about playing in games in the near future.

"I'm not sure how long," Cage said. "I'm hoping to practice, and if I can practice consistently without hurting, about four days in a row, he might put me in."

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