Monday, December 27, 2010

Mississippi State's Renardo Sidney In Action... In the Stands



Thursday night at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, teammates Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey had a little disagreement. Because Bailey wouldn't move his legs for Renardo to get his 3rd order of nachos from the concession stand, Sidney thought it would be a great idea to start throwing 'bows. The two have been suspended indefinitely per a decree from AD Scott Stricklin. As strange as this might seem, this wasn't really a surprise to me considering the disarray of the entire MSU team.

Sidney just returned from a one game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team", which tells me he got into a fight at practice. He also sat at last year because he couldn't get clearance to play from the NCAA. He has had weight problems and has often been criticized for a bad attitude and less than stellar work ethic. Adding to this cluster, Dee Bost, their best player, will be suspended for a few more games because he removed his name too late from draft consideration last year.  

I found some sketchy info about the situation on a Kentucky basketball blog, no less. It has been reported that this is false, so take it with a grain of salt:

In my previous report, I was told that both Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey would be dismissed from the team for their fight in the stands at the Diamond Head Classic. I’ve now received word that Sidney will be reinstated in a few weeks, but Bailey is permanently gone

Let’s start from the beginning. Bailey, who was supposed to be Sidney’s mentor on the team, has been projecting a bad attitude due to the attention that Sidney was receiving. Bailey was jealous of the media attention and was becoming increasingly problematic in practice and in games. He mouthed off constantly to the coaches and isolated his teammates.
One Mississippi St. player even said in a recent practice, “Someone is going to get into a fight with that guy soon.”

The coaching staff was tired of Bailey and his attitude so Bailey was on a short leash already.
Fast forward to the fight in the stands. Like I previously reported, Sidney asked Bailey to move his leg; Bailey refused and began to curse and berate Sidney. Sidney said something back, and then Bailey got up and started attacking Sidney.
Sidney didn’t want to fight and kept backing off, but Bailey continued to attack him. The footage that ESPN showed was thoroughly misleading and an inaccurate portrayal of what really happened. Clearly, showing Sidney as the troublemaker made for a better story given his history.

Head coach Rick Stansbury and his staff actually wanted to keep Sidney in Hawaii but Athletic Director Scott Stricklin was embarrassed and angry about the situation, and ordered the staff to send both Sidney and Bailey back.

Everyone involved with the team agrees that Sidney is a good kid. He has his issues and occasionally has a poor attitude, but he’s a good person and really didn’t want to get involved in the fight, much less instigate it.

For these reasons, Sidney will return to the team but Bailey will not.


Whatever the truth of the matter is, Rick Stansbury really has a mess on his hands. With all this junk going on, it's gonna be hard for the Bizzaro Dawgs to focus on winning basketball games. If I were Stansbury, I'd just have my sights on keeping my program from imploding. Fighting between one of your captains and his roommate on national TV sure won't help team chemistry or good program PR. In a terrible SEC West, the division title was his to lose. This may well be a good way to give it to Auburn.

Just kidding. Auburn REALLY, REALLY sucks.***







***I now relish every opportunity to denigrate the Barners. I can't stand them and it has a lot to do with a certain #2 who smiles WAY too much

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