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The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

Posted on: August 3, 2009 3:52 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2009 3:54 pm

Renardo Sidney's attorney, Don Jackson, told on Monday that the NCAA has informed him via email that he will no longer be permitted to participate in its interviews of third parties during the investigation of Sidney unless Jackson signs a confidentiality agreement.

According to Jackson, the email came Monday morning.

"This was an apparent response to the recent media coverage of the Sidney case and my direct criticism of the methods utilized in the investigation," Jackson said. He added that to date the NCAA and Eligibility Center have "failed to establish the existence of violations of any type."

As detailed in Friday's column here at, Sidney signed with Mississippi State in June after USC opted not to accept his commitment because of presumed concerns about his amateur status. The perception of impropriety stems from how the Sidney family moved from a modest home in Mississippi to Los Angeles and, according to the L.A. Times , rented a house that cost between $4,000 and $5,000 per month.

The NCAA is, among other things, trying to determine how the family paid that rent.

In the meantime, Sidney's status remains unclear.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2009 12:45 pm

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

I could be wrong ( I don't follow the NBA) but I think that anyone regardless of age can play in the NBDL.

Regardless, you hit it right on the head and I think sooner than later, there will be a serious minor league for basketball.  A)  the NCAA and the Universities profit from college basketball players, and the athletes are growing tired of it.  B)  It would improve the NBA by allowing for teams to develop players and call them up to the big leagues as needed.  I guess it just depends on the NBA thinking they can make money from a true minor league

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2009 12:38 pm

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

Hi Gary,

This should be a no-brainer for the NCAA, and sounds really easy for the NCAA, too. IMO.

Proceed slowyly, very slowly.

Refuse to clear him until the financial records are turned over, to their satisfaction. He can't play unless he's cleared. Can he even be admitted, or put on 'scholarhip' in the first semester if he hasn't been cleared???

Then do the legal maneuvering to get any actual hearing postponed. If they slow-play (Just like poker) then they can call the Sidneys' bluff. All they need to do is to get a trial postponed until late February or March (at the latest) to make this a moot point. Then in March, to avoid litigation they could say that they would conditionally clear him FOR NEXT YEAR.

It is pretty clear that Sidney hasn't much desire to play college ball, but because he can't get the big bucks by going directly to the NBA, he's trying to 'game' the NCAA.

This would achieve two things. One, it effectively denies Sidney eligibility THIS YEAR. It would also send a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) message to other athletes that this would be the NCAA's approach to those with questionable eligibility or those refusing to comply with providing their required documentation and support of the athlete's eligibility.

Thus we would have a 'Sidney Rule' or Sidney 'Penalty' for not providing the needed info to support eligibilty.

The NCAA is in the position of being the entity that 'clears' athletes. They should have the right to reasonable information to support an athlete's claim that he is in fact eligible. That should be their point of attack and defense. "All we want them to do is provide us with the financial info that shows he isn't receiving a current benefit for future potential professionalism."

Of course the Sidney's would try to get an injunction, and get him cleared to play pending the litigation. I'm not a legal expert, so I'd be interested to see how someone who is, thinks this would play out.

??????Any lawyers out there???? who could say whether they think this approach would work for the NCAA, or for the Sidney's? Since it is the Sidney's who will be initiating litigation if he isn't cleared (Because they refuse to provide supporting financial info), could the NCAA slow-play?

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2009 10:02 am

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

if USC wont even touch this kid, you know something is seriously wrong.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2009 9:03 am

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

  Who's paying for this lawyer, Jackson, and why would the family need a lawyer if they've done nothing wrong? That's a fair question for sure, but it's obvious that rules have been broken.  I've not heard on statement proclaiming innocence to this point from Sidney or his parents, and knowing the track record of MSU and Stansbury I'm somewhat surprised that he is even bothering with Sidney.  Sure the upside is great (albeit for less than one full season), but it's not like his job is in danger and he's got to win big this year to keep it.  Besides, with Vanardo back and the young nucleus of gurard coming back he has a potential tournament team anyway.  I just don't get it, but I digress.
Mr. Parrish I appreciate the reply and the opinion at the beginning of the thread.  It does seem that most players in a spot of bother always seem to get cleared just in time for the start of the conference schedule though.  I just wish that the NCAA would set a precedent of no tolerance with situations like these.  Since the NBA changed its eligibility rules look at what has happened.  These recruiting processes and the improprieties and scandals that have resulted (Derrick Rose, et al) is laughable.  

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2009 6:56 am

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

You're kidding, aren't you? You have to be kidding. You really think that the "minor child" had no knowledge of what happened, assuming it did happen. You see, I am "alledging" since I don't really know; maybe they found the money, or maybe they won the lottery but whatever happened you know for certain that the "minor child" knew.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:59 pm

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

     I remember reading almost all of the posts regarding Renardo Sidney and the train wreck that is his amateur status.  There's one thing, however, that I don't remember running across.  Who's paying for this lawyer, Jackson, and why would the family need a lawyer if they've done nothing wrong?  There's a question or two I'd like you to dig into and get back to the rest of us.
     From what I remember (refresh my memory if I'm wrong), Sidney's family moved from Mississippi and into a $4,000-5,000 a month home in Los Angeles.  He appeared on USC for a visit that was/was not coordinated by the athletic department of USC.  His father is employed by Reebok and (possibly?) has ties to Sonny Vaccaro.  Vaccaro has drawn his line in the sand multiple times before with players of questionable, or outright lost, amateur status, and has consistently hammered the NCAA on its hypocracy towards "amateur" status of its student-athletes.
     Let's dig a little deeper and find out who's footing the bills for the lawyer and who claims to be "helping" the family out here.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:21 pm

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

Bush's old house from his days playing professionally for the Trojans.


Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:19 pm

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

i agree but who does the ncaa have to compete against the sec ? the acc ;no the bigeast;hahaha the big 12 got swept up last year that leaves nowindame and the fancy trojans.thats there problem putting there players in the highlife leaves them not as hungry !money can only take you so far!!!!

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:11 pm

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

-55 must be one of them!!! it want matter i cant buy a championship because thats the sec's

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:09 pm

The NCAA wants Don Jackson to zip his lips

usc 'longest investagation in history !!!now 3 confirmed cases of cheating ncaa fbi cbi whoever else thay need 2 pay 2 try and get to the rose bowl!!!any sec team would be crucified by now!!!! come play 4 usc we will put you in a big house and take care of your family!! 2 bad all that money can only buy a pacten championship!!! wonder if the players even go 2 class or how much thay make in incentives in there big games .now u cant even talk about them cheating something is defently wrong here .it seems its taking everything the ncaa and the fbi can do 2 coverup 4 the trojans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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