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MSU's Varnado to be a walk-on

Posted on: August 19, 2009 12:25 am

Interesting bit of information from Kyle Veazey at The Clarion-Ledger .

Apparently, Jarvis Varnado -- the nation's top shot-blocker -- has agreed to be a walk-on this season to ensure Mississippi State gets down to the requisite 13 scholarships. The move will allow newcomers John Riek and Renardo Sidney to be on scholarship, and allow Rick Stansbury to essentially operate with 14 scholarship players (assuming Riek and Sidney are cleared, which is no guarantee).

Varnado's father, Winston Varnado, told Veazey that the family will take out a student loan.

My suggestion: Just borrow the money from the Sidney family.

If they could afford a rent of $4,000-to-$5,000 , surely they could help with a teammate's tuition, couldn't they?

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2009 10:42 pm're kind of fast and loose yourself..

....I would think CBS could use something better than a Tigger hack like yourself. You need to check your facts a little better.

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2009 10:37 pm

He can't do it because.....

....he doubles as a Memphis Tigger bagman. Can't have little ole MSU encroaching on the Tigger's Turf now can we?

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2009 11:31 pm

MSU's Varnado to be a walk-on

About the Sidney family, they should not cooperate with the NCAA.  Why?  What would it do?  The NCAA will rule however they want and make up a rule for it as they go.

Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2009 9:38 am

MSU's Varnado to be a walk-on

There is nothing illegal about a family paying their own tuition, thats rediculous.  I think what Gary is pointing out, is that Vernardo's family is willing to cough up tuition for a family that is obviously willing to throw money around to get there kid into a top flight basketball program. I'm willing to bet Sidney doesn't see the floor this year though, so yeah, I guess I kinda agree with you too ;)

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2009 7:30 pm

MSU's Varnado to be a walk-on

This is similar to the Josh Pastner situation.  He gave up his scholarship during his senior year at Arizona so that Lute could recruit Loren Woods.  His first year as an assistant for the U of A was actually his senior year.  Varnado will make enough from his signing bonus to cover the entire team's tuition next year.  Good for him and the Bulldogs.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2009 7:15 am

Did Varnado make the decision himself?

I would love to know if Jarvis decided himself not to take a scholarship this year.  If it is, I applaud him for being one of the few truly unselfish successful basketball players in the world.  If this is just a taste of what his character is like, I'd say we don't need to worry about having yet another NBA player who thinks the world revolves around him.

Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 9:38 pm

MSU's Varnado to be a walk-on

Look the NCAA cannot come up with a time frame to view the records.  Sidney's attorney has stated that he is not about to give full blown access to the Sidney's bank records.  He said if they had a specific date or time frame, then they would cooperate.  The fact is that the NCAA just wants an all access view of the bank records which means the NCAA hasn't been able to accuse Sidney of anything accept the public perception coming from the media.  Sidney may be dirty like many other McDonald's All American that are playing for colleges, but the NCAA is playing dirty as well. 

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 7:21 pm

That's the point!

It HAS been provided. Heck, it's been OVER provided. The NCAA has been fully shown how that house was paid for.
The fact that it WAS on the up & up is actually what's holding this thing up. They expected to find something and haven't. But, because of the LA Times this thing was public. And, the NCAA doesn't want people like Gary pounding them in the media for clearing him.
Yet, that's exactly what they'll eventually have to do. Oh, they'll claim something to make them look halfway good, and they'll delay this thing well into the beginning of the season, then after about 10 games, a defacto suspension basically, Sydney will be cleared.
It's wrong. And, a 3rd party needs to be involved. Let the NCAA say what the violation is. They haven't yet. Let them show all their documentation to Jackson and the Sydney family on this matter. They have refused. No discovery, they are above that. Well, until the ruling in Florida yesterday. That might change.
But, to recap. The Sydney's have already shown the NCAA how that house was paid for. What they are doing by not clearing him despite of that fact is downright WRONG.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 3:56 pm

MSU's Varnado to be a walk-on

My suggestion: Just borrow the money from the Sidney family. Pretty funny, Gary.  I just wonder if Varnado would have came back for his senior season if he had known that he would have been asked to have his parents take out a student loan to pay for his senior year.  I'm surprised that Varnado would have even been asked to do such a thing, and if he wasn't asked I'm surprised that Stansbury would allow that to happen (although I shouldn't be) even if Varnado offered.   It's not like Stansbury is on the hot seat for this upcoming season, or is he?

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 3:12 pm

MSU's Varnado to be a walk-on

State is not playing fast and loose and have never and will never be put on probation for the clearing of Sidney.  They are doing their due diligence and have had legal oversite throughout the entire process.  With this much national press do you really think they are going to do something that could result in a NCAA violation? This isn't the Memphis Tigers.  Don't be jealous b/c no one else kept up the recruiting process w/ Sidney....the greatest thing a/b it is if and when he is cleared coaches all around the country are going to be kicking themselves in the a%! for not doing what Miss State is doing.  Btw Gary, thanks for all the press on MSU and Sidney only plays to our favor....just try not to come across so biased over it when Katz and the majority of others see it completely different.

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