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Sidney does Q&A with Mississippi State website

Posted on: August 10, 2010 1:22 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 1:27 pm

Mississippi State sophomore Renardo Sidney -- raise your hand if you ever thought you'd read those words in that order -- still hasn't been made available to speak with reporters about the NCAA's decision to render him ineligible for all of last season and 30 percent of this season because of unethical conduct and impermissible benefits. But -- as MSU beat writer Kyle Veazey pointed out on his blog this morning -- Sidney has conducted a 15-part Q&A on the school's athletic department website in which he offers some thoughts on his past and future.

My favorite part is how Sidney explains that having to be "on time for everything" was a difficult adjustment to make for college, which lends substance to the theory that the former McDonald's All-American hasn't always been the most responsible lad. But that's not the interesting stuff. The interesting stuff is, predictably, Sidney's thoughts on his eligibility issues, specifically how he felt when he learned he wouldn't be allowed to play until well into the 2010-11 season despite enrolling at Mississippi State in the summer of 2009.

"I was hurt because I knew I hadn't done anything wrong," said Sidney, whose words contradict the NCAA's findings. "It just killed me because I really wanted to be on the floor helping my team win. Someone else was deciding my fate, and it didn't feel fair. It was tough, and I experienced a lot of emotions. It was like a dream, but a bad one."

They have a word for that: Nightmare.

In all seriousness, Sidney should be commended for sticking with college because, frankly, I never thought there was a chance of that happening. In the Q&A,, he said he's "slimmed down a lot," and that he's "quicker and faster." Assuming those things are true, watch out. Sidney has for a while represented everything that's bad about summer basketball and products of it, but he's always been an obvious talent with an incredible skillset. If eligible and focused, he could tear through the SEC and become a lottery pick. I can't wait to see him try.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:56 am

Sidney does Q&A with Mississippi State website

The continued intrusiveness of the NCAA, especially when it comes to investigating eligibility, will be its downfall.

I would not be surprised if ten years from now the NCAA no longer oversaw major college football and men's basketball, and once those two sports are lost, the NCAA deathwatch begins.

I thought that would happen this summer when superconferences were seemingly upon us, but that has been put on hold - for now.

However, the NCAA needs to realize that their days are numbered, especially when the most corrupt individuals are rarely, or in some cases, never punished. Sidney was forced to miss an entire year, plus a portion of this year. But if he helps MSU make a run, the NCAA will gladly gobble up the gate receipts that he helps produce.

Sure, they take a "stand" when they vacate Memphis' victories after they determine Derrick Rose was ineligible, and they make Memphis pay back their profits, but the NCAA doesn't part with a single dollar that they made off Memphis' run to the Final Four. If they make UK give up some victories because of the Eric Bledsoe situation, they won't give up a dime that they made from advertising by having a strong Kentucky team in the tournament. The NCAA turns a profit, then makes these players out to be the villans. Sooner or later, that system is going to fall apart.

My guess is football, with the BCS, breaks first. That will widen the financial gap between BCS and non-BCS schools. Once that happens, schools with strong basketball, but so-so football in BCS conferences - I'm thinking specifically about KU, UK, UNC, UCLA, Duke, Syracuse - will begin to push for basketball to also get out.

Once that happens, the NCAA can't sustain itself. Football and men's basketball are the only two sports that generate high revenue. Women's basketball has just recently exceeded the breakeven point at the D-1 level. Baseball and softball are still in the negative. Every other sport receives a subsidy from the profits generated by football and men's basketball. If those two sports go away, the NCAA no longer has the money to regulate, and if that happens, the NCAA ceases to exist.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2010 8:30 am

Sidney does Q&A with Mississippi State website

Parrish has always had it out for this guy... while you say he represents all that is bad with summer basketball....he only did what his father directed him to problem with this whole matter is his father is the guilty party and the kid was doing what is does that work? The rectal exam of the Sidney family was unlike any other in the history of the NCAA ..let's review just  a small fraction of what they had to records and financial records including deposit slips (deposit slips, really?) for the parents, grand parents, and two third party organizations,  detailed phone records going back four years for parents, cousins, and friends..lets get real...not one person reading this would be able to do that.....but other players were able to play amid much more serious allegations....a typical case of selective enforcement again.... but the NCAA being a private organization can do whatever they want. So to briefly brush off that he has gone through this rectal exam and has done well in the classroom is wrong. Renardo should be recognized for his effort and shows he has character...and while you may hate what his father did you can't take away from what he has shown.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 6:54 pm

Sidney does Q&A with Mississippi State website

"It was like a dream, but a bad one."

They have a word for that: Nightmare.

Classic!!!!!!!  Exactly what I was thinking after the quote.  Kid sounds like a train wreck.  Lets hope he can overcome the odds that don't appear to be in his favor. 

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