July 25th, 2011 12:48 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Mississippi State
Tags: Mississippi State August, MSU, Southern Cal, UCLA
When news emerged last week that Renardo Sidney would bypass Mississippi State’s August basketball tour of Europe, the syllables “uh” and “oh” probably popped into most Bulldog fans’ minds.
Sidney has been nothing but trouble since his arrival in Starkville. He sat for more than a year due to NCAA issues. He got into a fight with teammate. The teammate left, Sidney stayed. He tweeted his support for a teammate’s tweet which was critical of the MSU coaching staff. The teammate was suspended, Sidney was not. And now he’s backing out of a European trip to — according to him — try to lose more weight via workouts with ex-NBA player John Lucas in Houston.
So is it true that this just about weight loss? Would it not be better for team chemistry if Sidney were — you know — an actual part of the team? Is Rick Stansbury once again allowing Sidney to live by his own set of rules?
When it comes to questions about the talented big man, Brandon Marcello of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger says, “We never know what to believe.”
The coach still says Sidney will be back and will be a member of his team this season. But Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com warned of trouble on the horizon in a weekend blog:
“The whole Sidney-to-Mississippi State story has been a circus from the start and there’s no reason to think it won’t end that way, too. Put another way, it won’t end well. That’s my prediction. It just won’t end well and Stansbury will end up ever enrolling the troubled prospect — that is if he doesn’t regret it already.”
If he regrets it already, Stansbury should stop allowing Sidney to act as though he’s the captain of his own ship. MSU’s coach has burned up a lot of goodwill over the past couple of seasons and Sidney has been at the center of much of that.
How ironic that Stansbury might have gone overboard to land someone other schools were running away from — Southern Cal and UCLA were both moonwalking away from Sidney — and in return it could — if all goes wrong — cost him his job.
If Sidney is more trouble than he’s worth again this season and Stansbury’s “special” treatment of him creates a rift on the team, a squad with great potential could go south. If that happens, Stansbury could find himself in serious trouble at season’s end.
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