December 27th, 2010 10:01 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Mississippi State
Tags: Diamond Head Classic, Elgin Bailey, MSU, RV
A Mele Kalikimaka it was not for Mississippi State.
Last weekend’s trip to the Diamond Head Classic turned out to be a Christmas trip to forget. The Bulldogs dropped two out of three games and beat only 1-10 San Diego while playing in paradise. But that wasn’t the worst of it.
Big men Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey got into a fistfight — no, really — in the stands between games last Thursday. The fight was caught by ESPN cameras and the clip found its way onto all manner of disreputable websites.
Both players were sent home from Honolulu and suspended indefinitely. Sidney had already been suspended for a game earlier in the week due to a rumble in practice and “insubordination.”
A blog reported Saturday that Bailey was to be dismissed from the team while Sidney would eventually be allowed to return, but MSU officials shot down that report.
Rick Stansbury said Saturday that he would evaluate both players’ situations when the team made it back to campus. In other words, today’s probably Evaluation Day in Starkville.
(CORRECTION — As pointed out by one of our readers, the above story clearly states that MSU is playing St. Mary’s in Las Vegas on Wednesday. I have not tracked down State’s travel plans as of yet, but it makes sense that they would stay west and not return to Starkville until Thursday. In other words, there might not be any word on Bailey and Sidney until late this week.)
Not a good Christmas for Stansbury and his Bulldogs. The only thing missing was the unexpected arrival of Cousin Eddie in a beat-up RV.
(Sidenote — You don’t know how tough it is not to type “Elgin Baylor” everytime Elgin Bailey makes news.)
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