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Sidney signs with Mississippi State

Posted on: April 30, 2009 9:16 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2009 9:18 pm

McDonald's All-American Renardo Sidney signed with Mississippi State on Thursday.

"It’s good to be coming back home," said Sidney, a Mississippi native who spent the bulk of his high school years in Los Angeles. "A lot of my family hasn't been able to see me play the last three years and it will be good to be around them again. Mississippi State is a great school with a great program, and I’m coming in to help them win a national championship and build a bond with my new teammates."

Sidney originally committed to Southern California but was forced to look elsewhere when the administration decided not to enroll him, sources told One of those sources said that with the Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo cases lingering, the school simply felt it could not risk taking Sidney, who has been a high-profile and controversial prospect for many years, primarily because of his move to California and his father's "consulting" job with Reebok.

"They just couldn't risk anything popping up," the source said. "How could USC tell the NCAA that it learned from the Bush and Mayo stuff if the school enrolled Renardo and something popped up down the road? That probably would've guaranteed them a charge of lack of institutional control, and it's just not worth the risk with the NCAA investigation into Bush and Mayo ongoing."

Sources said UCLA similarly opted not to enroll Sidney.

Still, Mississippi State didn't hesitate to accept his letter of intent.

"We are excited to have ‘Shug’ coming back home where his roots are,” said Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury. "It’s very obvious he brings a wealth of talent and versatility to our program. He has great parents and grandparents, and we are excited to have them join our family too."

Sidney is a 6-foot-10 forward. ranks him as the fifth-best senior in the nation.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2009 11:39 am

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

Don't get too excited quite yet MSU fans.  Sidney still hasn't passed the SAT's.  He'll be lucky to pull off the 700 required to play and I definetely see Europe in this kids future.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2009 3:25 pm

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

Excellent forecast for the Blue Nation. Can't wait to get going this fall!!!! 
      Go Big Blue  Go Big Blue...............

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2009 3:16 pm

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

Very Clever. this is a signifigant player to sign whatever the program. The one and done era gets interesting, all the future NBA players who don't/won't go overseas have to go to school. Any program that has an excellent recruiter will have the "problem". GO KY!!!! 

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2009 3:05 pm

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

Glad to see the SEC stacking up. Can't wait for the ACC to get a taste this fall. KENTUCKY IS BACK!!!!!

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2009 2:09 pm

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

Sidney is DIRTY and hos step-father is ten times worse!!!  Why else do you think that USC and UCLA both pulled scholorship offers?  He originally committed to USC but they pulled the offer after looking into how in the world his family pays for their lifestyle with the jobs they have.  Hope MSU tells him to take a hike and not get caught up in an NCAA investigation just to get one talented player.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2009 8:47 am

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

That is a big pick up for the bulldogs

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2009 12:47 am

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

yea profsam6 i gotta agree with you, the pac 10 and the sec will be back. 2007 the pac 10 was the best conference with some of the top talent in the country but with players leaving in groups, it really brings the conferences down. the big east was tough this year becase almost all of its top players stayed or where sophmores, dont expect it to be as strong next year. i wish i could say that MSU got a good deal with him going there but i cant. i have seen this kid play in high school, his work ethic sucks, he hasnt been in great shape since his sophmore year in high school and he might not even make grades. he's a one and done for sure.

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2009 12:48 am

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

He's got one of those father's who considers himself the actual star and is a nightmare to deal with.  The Sidneys and their camp had an entire list of demands for any prospective school which included a bevy of illicit benefits. 

UCLA didn't feel like it was worth dealing with the father and their demands.   USC was more than willing to meet these demands but with the Bush/Mayo investigation being consolidated they changed their minds -- there is increased speculation that USC might be in line for some type of institutional control sanction.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2009 10:21 pm

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

What kind of fan has USC and UCLA as their favorite teams. Let me guess you are USC football fan and a UCLA basketball fan. Please route for the SEC.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2009 2:50 pm

Sidney signs with Mississippi State

One does not need a PAC 10 basketball fan to come to the rescue of the SEC as a basketball conference.  How long ago was it that the University of Florida won back-to-back NCAA titles--they completely dominated the basketball scene at that time. Historically, Kentucky has the second-most NCAA titles (second only to UCLA's 11) and, given major changes there, I expect them to be back soon as a major player.  Indeed, with MSU signing a major player, this has me expecting that the SEC will soon be back as a major challenge to the ACC and the Big East.  Hopefully, the PAC 10 might get in the mix!

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