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Stansbury Says Sidney/Bailey Decisions Will Be His Alone

With Mississippi State preparing for a game against St. Mary’s in Las Vegas tomorrow, Andy Katz reported today that “sources close to the team” have told ESPN that Rick Stansbury is “working off an investigation that (Elgin) Bailey was the instigator” in last week’s much-publicized fight with teammate Renardo Sidney.

Supposedly, Bailey did not “move his feet in the aisle while Sidney was trying to walk past him.”  (Well, that’s something to fight about.)  According to Katz’ sources, if Sidney had started the fight — and not Bailey — then Sidney would have already been dismissed from the team.

As for his eventual discipline, Stansbury said: “It’s going to be my decision.  Our athletic department can be a part of it, and Scott (Stricklin) and I have talked about it.  But the one thing I’ve always done in my program is to make the right decisions about my program.  This was an embarrassing situation for everybody.”

One would have to question at this point if bringing the controversial Sidney onto his team was, in fact, the right decision for his program.

“I don’t like the perception, but anybody who knows our program over the past 13 years knows we’ve had no problems,” Stansbury said.  “In my 13 years, there hasn’t been a public embarrassment.  This isn’t the norm.  It just happened.  I won’t understand why it happened.  It just happened.  And if people don’t do right in our program, then we’ll hold them accountable.”

And when might his discipline be handed down?

“When I get back from this trip, (the decision) will be pretty quick.”

 


6 comments
gnr24
gnr24

Oh, and all this garbage about Stans being a lowlife if he keeps the better player and boots the lesser is ridiculous. Would it be the most ethical thing to do (if the better player was equally or primarily responsible for the incident, which is reportedly not the case)? No. But it's not like any other coach would do any different. Can anyone honestly tell themselves that if John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins had gotten into a fist fight last year, that either of them would get more than a one-game suspension at the very most? Or Cam Newton and Nick Fairley more than the first snap of the game? Please.

gnr24
gnr24

For real. People saying whatever they can dream up about Mississippi State, the more factually absurd the better, to make themselves feel big, bad, and smart on the internet is getting old. Grow up and get a life.

SEC ALUM x3
SEC ALUM x3

This is how business is done in Mississippi??? You have no idea what you are talking about. The MSU basketball program has never had a reputation of powerful boosters or illegal contributions. Stansbury is weiging his options, but I'm sure he'll keep Sidney, but not because of boosters. Here are the reasons: 1. HE wants to WIN. 2. HE wants to give a kid a second chance, that's what college is about (see LeGarret Blount) 3. HE is the second longest tenured head coach in the SEC at 13 years and he knows how to handle things that stupid fans have no clue about. I'm sure Bailey will stay on the team as well. BTW MSU boosters dont have any power. The school brings in very little money compared to the other SEC schools. Hey RETREAD I would think you're a Black bear retard, but you're comments are too stupid for them. Also MSU didn't pay Cam Newton so quit thinking that's how business works there.

Big Al
Big Al

Sorry, this isn't Auburn. MSU boosters aren't that powerful.

Retread
Retread

LOL! Does anyone besides me think this "story" is total bulls**t? Mississippi State's boosters have, no doubt, invested a considerable sum of money in obtaining Reynardo Sidney's services, in return for which they expect at least one SEC championship. That's simply the way "business is done" in Mississippi. There's simply no way in hell that they're going to sign off on Sidney missing any significant time, especially in any SEC games. But the problem is that the fight was caught on tape. So, what to do? Simple. Blame the other kid, let him take the fall for PR purposes. What a crock.

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