Tag:Renardo Sidney
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 3:25 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday that Renardo Sidney's suspension for fighting teammate Elgin Bailey in Hawaii just before Christmas has been lifted, and that Bailey is transferring out of the program.

“We wish him the best as he moves on,” Stansbury said. "Elgin has had to deal with some very tough injuries, but he’s worked very hard to get to where he is now. Wherever he ends up, I hope he’s able to have a lot of success. As for this team, it’s time to move on and learn from these mistakes. Hopefully, by sending Sid and Elgin home following the incident, a strong message was sent that this type of behavior is unacceptable."

Sidney and Bailey both missed MSU's losses to Hawaii (Dec. 25) and Saint Mary's (Dec. 29).

Mississippi State is 8-6.

The Bulldogs open SEC play Saturday against Alabama.
Posted on: December 24, 2010 3:31 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2010 3:39 pm

Sidney, Bailey suspended indefinitely after fight

Mississippi State announced Friday that Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey have been suspended indefinitely for fighting each other in the stands at the Stan Sheriff Center in Hawaii. Both players were sent home. They will not play in Saturday's game at Hawaii or in Wednesday's game against St. Mary's. The wording of the release suggested Sidney and Bailey could return for the Bulldogs' SEC opener on Jan. 8 against Alabama.

"In my 13 years as a head coach, we’ve never had anything like this happen before,” said Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury. "I am very disappointed in the actions of Elgin Bailey and Renardo Sidney and in no way does it reflect the overall picture of our program. It is not how we want our men’s basketball team to be viewed nationally, and it is certainly not the conduct we expect of teammates in our program."

Sidney became eligible last Saturday and he's already been suspended twice. The former McDonald's All-American missed all of last season and the first nine games this season because of various NCAA violations. He's averaging 15.5 points through two games as a Bulldog.
Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:39 am

Sidney involved in fight with teammate

ESPN cameras caught Mississippi State teammates Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey fighting in the stands during the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Hawaii late Friday. It's an incident that could end the college career of Sidney, a former McDonald's All-American whose time at MSU has been troubled.

“It’s disappointing," Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin told the Clarion-Ledger newspaper via text message. "Still gathering information, but it’s not how we want our school represented."

The NCAA suspended Sidney for all of last season and the first nine games this season for a variety of reasons. His first official appearance with Mississippi State came last Saturday in a loss to Virginia Tech. MSU coach Rick Stansbury then suspended Sidney for a game after an incident in practice. He returned Friday, scored 19 points in 19 minutes against San Diego, then fought his teammate in the stands.

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury declined comment to the Associated Press.

(Click this link to see video of the fight.)
Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:07 am
Edited on: December 16, 2010 12:09 am

Sidney "had a lot of fatigue" in first exhibition

Renardo Sidney made his unofficial official debut for Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

Predictably, he tired quickly.

"Renardo had a lot of fatigue," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said after the Bulldogs' 101-76 win over Belhaven. "He will have to get in better shape if we are going to use him a lot."

Sidney finished with 10 points and six rebounds in 15 minutes of this exhibition that was oddly timed by design because the former McDonald's All-American was suspended all of last season and for the first nine games this season after a NCAA investigation. The Bulldogs' ninth game was Tuesday against Alcorn State, and their 10th game is Saturday against Virginia Tech. So Stansbury put Belhaven in between to give Sidney a warmup of sorts, and that's the backstory that led to a December exhibition in Starkville.

What's troubling is that Sidney "had a lot of fatigue."

I was hoping that wouldn't be the case because I want to see the player I predicted would be a force in college whenever he started playing in college. By all accounts, Sidney was good in spots but far from a force against Belhaven. That'll need to change if the Bulldogs are to achieve what their roster, on paper, suggests is achievable.
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: August 10, 2010 1:22 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 1:27 pm

Sidney does Q&A with Mississippi State website

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.
Posted on: March 8, 2010 11:14 am

Dear Gary (on the effects of the Sidney case)

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Do you think the way the NCAA hammered Renardo Sidney will help clean up college basketball and keep recruits and their families from taking things they shouldn't take?

-- Ryan

I think it'll keep recruits and their families from moving into big houses they can't explain.

That's about it.

Though the NCAA didn't nail Sidney on the house his family rented in California for reportedly $4,000 to $5,000 a month, a report in the L.A. Times that detailed the living arrangements is what turned this into a high-profile/national story. Without that house, I believe, Sidney would've played this season. But the story about the house forced the NCAA to look into every little thing it could look into, and that's usually going to be a problem for any prospect talented enough to be a McDonald's All-American.

Bottom line, no, this won't clean up college basketball.

It'll just teach prospects to be less obvious when they accept illegal benefits.
Posted on: March 5, 2010 4:12 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2010 5:42 pm

Sidney suspension will last into next season

The NCAA announced in a statement Friday that Renardo Sidney's suspension will last into 30 percent of next season and require that he repay $11,800, making it doubtful the former McDonald's All-American ever plays college basketball at Mississippi State.

"Mississippi State declared Sidney ineligible for violations of NCAA ethical-conduct and preferential-treatment rules," the statement read. "The ethical-conduct violations pertained to providing false or misleading information throughout the eligibility process. Sidney and his family benefited by using funds from a nonprofit organization for personal gain. ... The academic and membership affairs staff determined that those funds would not have been available were it not for the student-athlete’s athletics skills and reputation. Other preferential treatment included hotel accommodations and other travel expenses, as well as free athletics gear and training."

Sidney has been at the center of an investigation since the L.A. Times reported he and his family rented expensive homes in California without obvious means to do so. Sidney initially committed to Southern California but ultimately signed with Mississippi State after USC reportedly decided that enrolling Sidney would be risky given the school's recent NCAA troubles.

"Student-athletes who receive impermissible benefits, either directly or indirectly, and who [lie] to the NCAA must be held accountable,” said Kevin Lennon, vice president for academic and membership affairs. “This case is about more than a single student-athlete. One of our core responsibilities is to ensure a level playing field for all student-athletes and their teams.  No team or individual should have an unfair advantage."

Mississippi State announced Friday that it plans to appeal.

Either way, there's no guarantee Sidney will return to school next season.

He's talented enough that it's possible he could be selected in June's NBA Draft.

The Sidney family attorney, Don Jackson, responded in an email sent to CBSSports.com.

Here is the statement's full text (unedited):

"In response to the NCAA's recent decision to "suspend" Renardo, Jr. for the 2009-2010 season, tomorrow is the final regular season game of the season.  The decision has minimal real significance for this season. It was apparent months ago that he would be "suspended" this season. The refusal to make a "decision" and NCAA spokesmen and women's repeated statements that there was "no timetable" for a final decision made it quite clear months ago that the intent was to impose a season long "suspension". Most troubling about this "decision" is that it raises real questions about competitive integrity and whether there was an intent to impact the competitive outcome for this season at this university.   A pre-season top 25 team has been left "on the bubble" as a result of a phantom 10.1 unethical conduct charge over a trip that occurred during Renardo's ninth grade season that he repeatedly stated that he and his family did not recall (in detail). As it relates to the extra benefits that his family allegedly received through the non-profit foundation that operated his summer league team, he has been punished because hamburgers and fries were purchased on weekend trips in cash.   In effect, every dime  that was used for his summer league team that could not be documented with receipts was charged back to his family. Further, he was charged with having received extra Reebok gear and his family charged for it despite the fact that there was overwhelming evidence to establish that he received nothing different from his summer league teammates. Bottom line, this decision is a transparent attempt to justify a yearlong investigation that started out focusing on million dollar homes.   When the L.A. Times version of the "facts" wound up not to be true, the Eligibility Center created their own. If Mr. Lennon believes that college basketball is better afterward, he is mistaken.  It reallly appears that MSU fans were simply robbed of a potentially memorable season.  Maybe there should be an asterisk beside every loss on MSU's schedule this season."
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