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Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 3:25 pm
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday that Renardo Sidney's suspension for fighting teammate Elgin Bailey in Hawaii just before Christmas has been lifted, and that Bailey is transferring out of the program.

“We wish him the best as he moves on,” Stansbury said. "Elgin has had to deal with some very tough injuries, but he’s worked very hard to get to where he is now. Wherever he ends up, I hope he’s able to have a lot of success. As for this team, it’s time to move on and learn from these mistakes. Hopefully, by sending Sid and Elgin home following the incident, a strong message was sent that this type of behavior is unacceptable."

Sidney and Bailey both missed MSU's losses to Hawaii (Dec. 25) and Saint Mary's (Dec. 29).

Mississippi State is 8-6.

The Bulldogs open SEC play Saturday against Alabama.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:43 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

Well one of them had to leave. Rather it be Bailey than Sidney just based on how much talent Sidney has, Still skeptic about his ability to produce and stay on the court because of all his off field issues. Have to wait and see i guess.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:18 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

Hope everyone remembers that Sidney was orignally comiitted elsewhere. When his handlers asked for money the school recended it's offer. Then he heads over to Moo St. Now if we accept the premise that it is unlikely that Cam Newton would ask for money at Moo St and the turn around and sign with Auburn without getting money. Then it is also unlikely that Sidney would ask for money at one school and not ask for money at Moo St. This is why i believe that the Moo St coach is giving Sidney the free reign  in this deal. He dpoesn't want Sidney talking.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:47 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

I think Stansbury should be FIRED as Miss St's men's basketball coach.

I would NEVER have let that "cancer" back into the program, end of story.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:34 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

I don't this speculation is far fetched at all. If I were a team member involved in a issue like this, I would expect to be treated as equally with the other offenders as possible. It certainly seems that Miss. State is more concerned with making sure Sidney stays happy, and that would mkae me say "enough is enough" as well.
Sidney is a cancer to any program and Stansbury is apprently going to try to ignore that until it's so obvious that he can't.

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2011 7:35 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

You took the words right out of my mouth.

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2011 7:29 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

Next time write Miss. State, not MSU. MSU is Michigan State University when it comes to college basketball. Thanks.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 6:51 pm

Not the result expected

In a similar incident involving players fighting in the stands and involving and endangering innocent spectators, David Stern of the NBA handed down severe punishment to each player involved. Granted those players left the court to enter the stands but the result was similar - yet not the punishment. Both students represented Mississippi State University. Yet there is no mention of studen discipline by the Dean of Students. Are athletes immune to behavior standards of other students?

Mississippi State's Code of Student Conduct reads in part "students whose conduct threatens to cause disorder, public disturbances, danger to themselves or others, or property damage will be disciplined. Those apprehended and found responsible of violating the law or rules and regulations of the university may receive a maximum sanction of expulsion from the university"

Perhaps Mr Sidney was an innocent victim of agression from Mr. Bailey. Perhaps the video footage we have been shown was misleading. Perhaps Coach Stansbury has taken appropriate action before the Dean of Students to exoneratre Mr. Sidney. Perhaps not In any event the situation appeared to call for more than was given. If not now, when will Mr. Sidney learn that he must be responsible for his actions? When will he learn to respect authority (Baily was a team captain). I do hope it is before someone is seriously injured. 

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2011 6:49 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

If these children were fighting over one of them not moving his legs so the other could walk down the row to get a snack, how do they handle an opponent moving them off the block? Setting a pick on them? Fouling them?  They must be a little screwed up to behave like 5 year olds.  Or were Reynardo and Elgin just having bad days?  I surprised Stansbury didn't send them to time out rather than fly them home.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2011 6:33 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU


Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:40 pm

Sidney reinstated, Bailey transferring from MSU

*** Disclaimer *** What you are about to read is purely speculation on my part.

Based on Rick Stansbury's comment alone, he seems to have good things to say about Elgin Bailey.  It doesn't seem as if he's being booted secretly and a good spin is being put on things publicly.  Mississippi State fans would be better judges than I would about Bailey.  I just have to believe that after working hard to recover from his foot and ankle problems, Bailey wouldn't throw it all away by going toe-to-toe with one of his teammates over something petty or small.

I'm wondering to myself is he coming to the realization that Stansbury is backing Reynardo Sidney because he's the better player and Bailey is being the bigger man by walking away?  Bailey might be smart enough to realize that Stansbury is going to go to bat for Sidney because he has an eye on a better coaching gig elsewhere and Sidney could help him get there with a strong season and tournament showing in 2011.  Just a thought...

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