Tag:Rick Stansbury
Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:57 am
Edited on: November 1, 2010 9:00 am

Get down on the block, Renardo!

Each time a person asks about Renardo Sidney, I explain that he's super-talented and still capable of becoming a first-round pick in the NBA Draft … as long he gets in shape and shows he understands he's a skilled post player, not a tall shooter. So you can imagine my disappointment when I read Brandon Marcello's take from this weeekend's Maroon-White scrimmage down at Mississippi State, particularly these two sentences:
[Sidney] flashed more frustration than skill on his way to 10 points. He finished 4-for-13 from the floor and attempted six shots beyond the arc.
(Seriously, Renardo? You've been on campus more than a year and had plenty of time to realize your best moments come when you use your body and skills to score in the paint, and yet you still went out and launched six 3-pointers in your first public scrimmage. So frustrating.)

"We’ve got to get him down to the block more; there's no question about that," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury told Marcello, and I couldn't agree more. "He has some ability to make those [3-point] shots out there, but that’s not where you’re going to make your living at. You’ve go to get on that block more. He’ll find ways to do that."

For Sidney's sake, I hope so. Because if he ever again wants to have a home as nice as the one his family rented in Los Angeles while he played high school basketball, Sidney is going to have to earn big paychecks. And though there are many ways to do that, the best way is to dominate around the basket, record double-doubles and let Ravern Johnson handle the 3-pointers when 3-pointers need to be handled.
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:56 pm

Source: Stansbury rejects offer from Clemson

Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury rejected an offer to be Clemson's next coach, a source at MSU told CBSSports.com on Monday. Consequently, Clemson will continue working to find a replacement for Oliver Purnell, who left last week to take over at DePaul.

Five coaches -- Wright State's Brad Brownell, Wofford's Mike Young, Jacksonville's Cliff Warren, Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor and former Boston College coach Al Skinner -- have already interviewed for the position, and Clemson assistant Ron Bradley is also considered a candidate. A source told CBSSports.com that neither Oklahoma's Jeff Capel nor Baylor's Scott Drew are seriously involved despite reports to the contrary. Arizona State's Herb Sendek passed on an interview, sources told CBSSports.com.

Purnell signed a seven-year deal worth more than $15 million at DePaul.
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:18 am
Edited on: April 12, 2010 11:54 am

Stansbury a serious candidate at Clemson

A new name has entered the mix at Clemson: Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury.

Five coaches -- Wright State's Brad Brownell, Wofford's Mike Young, Jacksonville's Cliff Warren, Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor and former Boston College coach Al Skinner -- have already interviewed for the position, and Clemson assistant Ron Bradley is also considered a candidate. But Stansbury is the highest-profile name to be established as a legitimate candidate considering Oklahoma's Jeff Capel and Baylor's Scott Drew aren't seriously involved despite reports to the contrary, and Arizona State's Herb Sendek passed on an interview, sources told CBSSports.com.

Stansbury has made six NCAA tournaments in 12 seasons at Mississippi State.

Clemson is searching for a replacement for Oliver Purnell.

He left last Tuesday to take over at DePaul for more than $15 million.
Posted on: May 5, 2009 3:04 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2009 3:05 pm

Will this be really good or really bad for MSU?

It seems Mississippi State could have one of the best frontcourts in the nation next season.

Or an NCAA investigation on campus.

Or both.

Either way, the developments coming out of Starkville over the past week sure are interesting, and if Rick Stansbury gets everybody enrolled and cleared and on the court with healthy knees, the Bulldogs might be the favorite to win the SEC ... and a whole lot more. Make no mistake, the possibility of having Renardo Sidney, John Riek and (if he withdraws from the NBA Draft) Jarvis Varnado on the same team is enough to start whispers of a Final Four, but right now the whispers are about much different things -- specifically an article in Monday's Los Angeles Times that questioned whether Sidney has compromised his amateur status, and the lingering belief that Riek will never be healthy enough to contribute despite his potential once being that of a lottery pick.

The gist of the Sidney story is that he's been living in a home that nobody seems to think his family could afford if everything was pure. It's valued at $1.2 million, and the report claimed that the Sidney family has been renting it for between $4,000 and $5,000 a month. Assuming that's true -- and there's no reason to believe it isn't -- I can't imagine a scenario under which the Sidney family has any documented income that suggests they can afford to pay a rent like that, meaning there's a decent chance the NCAA will ask them to explain the home and several other arrangements, and that's probably not going to be a good day for the Sidney family.

Bottom line, I'll be surprised if Sidney ever plays at Mississippi State.

But I've been surprised before.

As for Riek, well, I haven't seen the guy in nearly two years, but when I did see him at the LeBron James Skills Academy during the summer of 2007 I walked away convinced he was a future lottery pick, perhaps a future No. 1 overall pick. The 7-foot-2 center from Sudan was clearly raw, but he was active to the point where he was dunking and blocking everything. Had you held the 2008 NBA Draft that day and put Riek in it, only a handful of guys would've been selected ahead of him. But knee problems have hampered Riek's development in the past 18 months, and so now he's more of a question mark than anything else.

Bottom line, I do think Riek will play at Mississippi State.

But I'm unsure how effective he'll be given that he's still not considered anywhere close to 100 percent.

All that said, the emotions at MSU are currently ranging from excited to skeptical to frustrated to scared because there are many ways this could go, and a big gap between what's good and bad. The best-case scenario has a cleared Sidney, a healthy Riek and a back-in-school Varnado dominating the SEC while the worst-case scenario has an ineligible Sidney, an unhealthy Riek and a done-with-school Varnado leaving fans to wonder what might've been.
Posted on: December 16, 2008 10:49 am

Stansbury diagnosed with viral infection

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury, hospitalized since Sunday, has been diagnosed with a viral infection, according to the school.

It remains unclear when Stansbury will be released from the hospital, or if he will make the trip to Cincinnati in advance of Thursday's game against Cincinnati. Associate head coach Robert Kirby will assume day-to-day duties in his absence.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Stansbury and his family, and we look forward to him having a speedy recovery and returning to the team,” MSU athletics director Greg Byrne said in a statement released by the school. “At the same time, while he is away I know the team is in good hands with his staff and that they will continue to move forward.”

Posted on: December 15, 2008 8:30 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 11:19 pm

Stansbury to remain hospitalized

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury will remain in a Tupelo, Miss., hospital for a second night because of severe migraines and flu-like symptoms, school spokesman Gregg Ellis announced Monday night.

Stansbury was admitted to the Oktibbeha County Hospital after complaining of headaches Sunday, and on Monday morning he was transported to the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for further tests. Meo Stansbury, Rick's wife, told Ellis that an MRI and CT Scan showed no issues, but that her husband also underwent a spinal tab, for which the results won't be known until Tuesday morning.

"Everything has been normal so far, and that’s good,” Meo Stansbury said. “Hopefully, it’s just a viral or bacterial infection. We’re just asking for everyone’s continued prayers. He’s in good spirits and is ready to get back to his team."

Associate head coach Robert Kirby will coach Mississippi State in Stansbury's absence. It's unclear if the 48-year-old Stansbury will travel with the Bulldogs Wednesday in advance of Thursday's game against Cincinnati.

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