No decision has been made on the respective futures of Elgin Bailey and Renardo Sidney, despite a report tonight from an independent journalist in Hawaii that Bailey would be leaving the team after the two were shown on national television exchanging punches in the stands of an arena in Honolulu on Thursday, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said Saturday night.
-Brandon Marcello, Clarion-Ledger Sports
Lesson for budding sports journalists/bloggers: direct quotes from a knowledgeable source really bolster your Ethos (credibility or trust), which is really the pinnacle of the famous rhetorical triangle.
UPDATE: Here's the latest on the Sidney/Bailey rumor, this time from Jackson Clarion-Ledger sports editor Rusty Hampton via Twitter (@Rustyhampton):
Blogger from Hawaii says R. Sidney will remain on MSU hoops team. AD S. Stricklin just told me no decision has been made. Stay tuned.Internet=Wild West, confirmed.
Well, I'll be flapdoodled.
According to some current reportage by independent journalist Susan Shan in Hawaii, the blame for the Renardo Sidney/Elgin Bailey punch-up is sticking harder to Bailey, who is being dismissed from the team. Sidney is expected to be reinstated.
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.
Um, so... Merry Christmas, Bulldogs fans? We'll understand if you want to hold on to that gift receipt, keep your fingers crossed, and stop counting your unhatched chickens. At this point, the whole Mississippi State team looks like a ticking time bomb.