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Renardo Sidney won't go to Europe with teammates

Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 11:43 am

By Jeff Goodman

This can’t be a good sign.

Mississippi State’s Renardo Sidney won’t travel with his teammates to Europe in two weeks and will instead return to Houston to work out with former NBA player/coach John Lucas.

This is an interesting development for a kid who has gone through his share of issues over the years, including multiple suspensions since arriving in Starkville.

The Bulldogs leave for Amsterdam on Aug. 5 and will play five games in 10 days in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

You would think it would be the ideal bonding experience for a team that experienced chemistry issues a year ago.

"Renardo Sidney has returned to Houston, Texas, to continue working out with John Lucas,” Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said in a statement. “He will not accompany the team to Europe next month, but he is expected back on campus for the start of the fall semester in mid-August."

Stansbury told me earlier in the month that Sidney had been working with Lucas in the offseason, but did not wish to elaborate on the reason.

But Lucas, a former drug addict, is known for his ability to work with players who are attempting to turn around their lives. He runs a substance abuse recovery program in Houston that has helped numerous athletes.

The 6-foot-10 Sidney, after being ineligible for his entire freshman season and the start of his sophomore year, averaged 14.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 19 games.  If he can get his act together -- a major if -- this is a Mississippi State team that could make some major noise in the SEC this year. 


Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:08 am

Renardo Sidney won't go to Europe

So, reading between the lines, Renardo Sidney has a drug problem and that's why he's gone to Houston to "work out" with John Lucas.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:16 pm

Renardo Sidney won't go to Europe with teammates

Well Sidney was ineligible for about 45 games his first 2 years on campus so the NCAA has already punished him in that regard. As for Sidney's future, it doesn't look good at this point. Too bad for my alma mater because with him contributing this coming season the Bulldogs could be really good.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2011 11:28 am

Renardo Sidney won't go to Europe with teammates

So how screwed up is Renardo Sidney if Rick Stansbury is willing to let him leave the team while they travel to play games and bond before the proper season gets underway?

I have a theory.  I believe the NCAA has not bothered to continue digging into the questionable finances of the Sidney family because they quietly know that the kid will meltdown in the end and not be a serious contibutor to the Mississippi State program.  Stansbury's program is already being punished by simply having Sidney on scholarship and functioning as part of the team.  There's not much worse the NCAA could do to them, so they just let if all unfold.

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