Tag:Dee Bost
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:52 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 9:53 pm

Hold your Miss. State criticism -- for now

By Matt Norlander

Yep, I've gotta be the guy who asks everyone to settle down. Used to be, in sports blogging, these kind of posts were of the against-the-grain variety. Now they're standard protocol, which is a good thing; the majority's gotten the gist of the importance of patience and the resistance to OMGREAXTION blogging.

That said, I think there's a desire to try and bring Rick Stansbury's team down as quickly as possible. Is any team as likely to be a target for criticism as the Bulldogs this year? A few (Memphis, Duke, Vanderbilt) will be quickly pilloried if they falter, but the history and baggage that comes with the Bulldogs means they're the ripest. They've earned it, and in time, if they stumble, we'll all have our chance to whip them.

But the way I see it: Tonight's 68-58 final was a great win for Akron; not a miserable loss for Mississippi State. Although Stansbury's team lost to a program that hadn't defeated a BCS-league team since 2008, it's just an early-November game with a few caution flags getting tossed up.

The biggest being Renardo Sidney sitting 15 minutes -- and down the stretch of the game -- despite only having two fouls. Sidney finished with 12 points and five rebounds, but most were scratching their head over why he wasn't in the game when Akron big man Zeke Marshall fouled out with 3:17 to go. Dee Bost was way too inconsistent, too. The team was out of sorts. But let's not allow rust lead to unrest.

The Bulldogs could get this turned around as easily as they could let it slip to hell. Doesn't mean Dee Bost can't be consistently erratic all year, or that Sidney has the potential to actually upstage his car-wreck quality into the full-on train variety. Good teams often lose early, even to inferior teams. Is Mississippi State a good team? Don't know yet, and neither do you. Let's huddle up after Thanksgiving and check the evidence then.

Photo: AP
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:55 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 9:16 am

Mississippi State led by trio in opener

By Jeff Goodman

Rick Stansbury knew it wouldn't be pretty. Not against Eastern Kentucky and Jeff Neubauer's methodical offense and 1-3-1 zone defense.

But he's just happy to come out with a season-opening victory.

Dee Bost went for 23 points and six assists, UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie had a double-double (13 points, 10 boards) in his debut and freshman Rodney Hood had 12 points and nine rebounds.

"It wasn't easy with the way they play and the way they control the game," Bost told CBSSports.com after the 76-66 win. "But A win is a win."

Oh yeah - and Renardo Sidney finished with a lackluster nine points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.

"He's better than he was, but we still want more from him," Stansbury said of the talented big man. "We need more from him."

Stansbury spoke highly of Bost - who he has from the start of the season this year - as well as Moultrie and Hood.

Stansbury is also optimistic that freshman guard Deville Smith will be cleared and be able to play against Akron later this week. Smith was released from the hospital on Monday after experiencing headaches and dizziness.

"Has the the ability to change games - both offensive and defensively," Stansbury said.

With Bost, Moultrie and Hood, Mississippi State has three guys that can match up with just about anyone.

The key, obviously, is the much-maligned Sidney - who needs to give consistent effort.

"He'll get it going," Bost said of his once highly touted teammate. "This team changed defenses a lot - and it was tough to get him the ball in the post."

If Sidney finally gets it - and it's a huge if - this team could be scary.

But so far, with one game in the books, he hasn't shown anything different.

Photo: AP
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 5:14 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

By Jeff Goodman

The deadline for submitting the list of 50 players for the John Wooden Preseason watch list was this afternoon.

My guess is that my colleague, Gary Parrish, missed it. I did not. 

Anyway, here's my list of 50.

Remember, transfers and freshman are not eligible, so that means that guys like frosh Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers - as well as transfer Arnett Moultrie - couldn't be included.

My Wooden Preseason Top 50

Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, PF, Sr., Notre Dame
Harrison Barnes, 6-8, SF, Soph., North Carolina
Will Barton, 6-6, SG, Soph., Memphis
Dee Bost, 6-2, PG, Sr., Mississippi State
William Buford, 6-5, SG, Sr., Ohio State
Kyle Casey, 6-7, SF, Jr., Harvard
Jason Clark, 6-2, G, Sr., Georgetown
Aaron Craft, 6-2, PG, Soph., Ohio State
Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, G, Jr., Saint Mary's
Festus Ezeli, 6-11, C, Sr., Vanderbilt
Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, G, Sr., Pittsburgh
Mike Glover, 6-7, F, Sr., Iona
Drew Gordon, 6-9, PF, Sr., New Mexico
Draymond Green, 6-6, PF, Sr., Michigan State
JaMychal Green, 6-8, PF, Sr., Alabama
Jorge Gutierrez, 6-3, G, Sr., California
Tim Hardaway 6-5, SG, Jr., Soph., Michigan
Elias Harris, 6-7, F, Jr., Gonzaga
John Henson, 6-11, PF, Jr., North Carolina
Tu Holloway, 6-0, PG, Sr., Xavier
Robbie Hummel, 6-8, F, Sr., Purdue
Joe Jackson, 6-0, PG, Soph., Memphis
Scoop Jardine, 6-2, PG, Sr., Syracuse
John Jenkins, 6-4, SG, Jr., Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, 6-5, SG, Sr., UC Santa Barbara
Kevin Jones, 6-8, F, Sr., West Virginia
Perry Jones, 6-11, F, Soph., Baylor
Terrence Jones, 6-9, PF, Soph., Kentucky
Ryan Kelly, 6-10, F, Jr., Duke
Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, SG, Soph., UConn
Kendall Marshall, 6-4, PG, Soph., North Carolina
Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, PF, Sr., Minnesota
Ray McCallum, 6-3, PG, Soph., Detroit
Rodney McGruder, 6-4, SG, Jr., Kansas State
Doug McDermott, 6-7, F, Soph., Creighton
Shabazz Napier, 6-1, PG, Soph., UConn
Reeves Nelson, 6-7, PF, Jr., UCLA
Andrew Nicholson, 6-10, PF, Sr., St. Bonaventure
Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, C, Jr., UConn
Thomas Robinson, 6-9, PF, Jr., Kansas
Terrence Ross, 6-6, SG, Soph., Washington
John Shurna, 6-9, F, Sr., Northwestern
Peyton Siva, 5-11, PG, Jr., Louisville
Josh Smith, 6-9, C, Soph., UCLA
Jared Sullinger, 6-9, PF/C, Soph., Ohio State
Jeffery Taylor, 6-7, SF, Sr., Vanderbilt
Jordan Taylor, 6-1, PG, Sr., Wisconsin
Maalik Wayns, 6-2, PG, Soph., Villanova
Patric Young, 6-9, C, Soph., Florida
Tyler Zeller, 7-0, C, Sr., North Carolina
Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 11:43 am

Renardo Sidney won't go to Europe with teammates

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. 

Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:57 am

Miss St's Stansbury won't have to rely on Big Sid

By Jeff Goodman

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - A year ago, Rick Stansbury needed Renardo Sidney. Really needed him.

I don’t believe that’s the case anymore.

The Mississippi State coach has dealt with plenty of drama concerning Sidney over the past two years – since the ultra-talented big man arrived on campus in Starkville.

The NCAA-imposed suspension and a couple dealt out by Stansbury – including the bleacher-brawl in Maui with then-teammate Elgin Bailey.

But a year ago, the Bulldogs coach didn’t have his leader to start the season – as point guard Dee Bost missed the non-league slate with an NCAA-imposed whacking of his own.

``He missed 21 days of practice in a row,” Stansbury said.

Now Bost, the clear-cut team leader, will be there from day one – and Mississippi State adds a pair of studs in UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie and freshman Rodney Hood.

``He’s the real deal,” Stansbury said of Hood, who will likely slide into the spot vacated by Ravern Johnson. ``There’s no cracks. He does everything – he can shoot it, pass it, has a great mid-range game. He’s unselfish and isn’t a good kid; he’s a great kid.”

The lone aspect holding the 6-foot-8, 205-pound Hood back is strength.

And then there’s Moultrie.

He’s a versatile 6-foot-11 transfer who averaged 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds as a sophomore at UTEP.

``There were plenty of days in practice when he was our best player,” Stansbury said. ``His engine really runs.”

With Bost, Moultrie and Hood, Stansbury has three guys who are as talented as just about anyone in the SEC.

And then, obviously, the X-factor becomes Sidney.

I’ve seen and known Sidney for years and while he has the talent to dominate games, I’ve almost given up on that notion.

Stansbury only said that Sidney “looks to be in better shape, but they key will be how it translates.”

He also said that despite how much of a train wreck last season appeared to be, Mississippi State still managed to finish 9-7 in league play.

``I’m trying to find the positive things as best as I can,” Stansbury said.

One of those for this year is how he will no longer have to depend on Big Sid. 

Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 4:47 pm

Will dysfunctional Bulldogs cost Stansbury's job?

Rick Stansbury probably looks like this all the time now.

Posted by Eric Angevine

I mentioned the Mississippi State Twitter fiasco in my nightcap post last night, but it's become a cause celebre on the introwebs today. Plenty of schadenfreude about the runaway train in Starkville. It's the sort of thing that's tons of fun when it's not your school embarrassing itself on the national stage.

Since I look at coaches who might be sitting on heat-retaining furniture every Monday in the Coach Speak segment, my thoughts have been on Rick Stansbury (above) and his role in all this for a while now. The dapper gent has been at the tiller of the Mississippi State program for thirteen years now, and he's always seemed in control, almost to the point of being boring. It's actually been a rather astonishing run for a guy most college hoops fans couldn't pick out of a police lineup.

Now, suddenly, there's no hardworking, unselfish Jarvis Varnado making Stansbury look good. There's Renardo Sidney, who attracts adjectives like soft and undisciplined. He's been held out of action by the NCAA and had a punch-up with a teammate. He's one of the twitter complainers who had his account suddenly voided, as if the words would disappear from the ether because he willed them to. There's Ravern Johnson, calling out his coach via tweet and alluding to an imbalance of ball distribution that makes him want to transfer. There's Dee Bost, the supposed target of the ballhog ire, who was also held out of the lineup for a semester before coming in to take away everybody else's shots, the big meanie.

Where's Stansbury in all this? Making mild statements, working in all his cliches and starting to remind me of Steve Martin playing an overmatched parent in the vomitous Cheaper by the Dozen. He looks less and less like the boss of this rodeo every day.

Do I think this will cost Stansbury his job? No, not really. Nor should it. He's taken the Bulldogs to six NCAA appearances during his tenure, and this season seems like an aberration. Fellow SEC coach John Pelphrey survived worse times at Arkansas last year, and his record on the court isn't anywhere near as laudable. Bruce Pearl... well, you know what he did, and he's still employed. That doesn't mean the MSU administration will react the way ADs at those other institutions did, but the precedent is there.

What should be addressed, before things get even further out of hand, is the issue of leadership. Stansbury isn't getting any from his players. Nor is he getting any wins, really. So what could possibly be keeping him from cracking down on the perpetrators of this embarrasment? He's banned the team from Twitter, but it's time for Stansbury to breathe fire, or throw some bats in the shower, or something. They're kids, scare 'em. What led him to slap Sidney on the wrist after the Hawaii throwdown? If the head coach is unwilling to discipline his players for blatant acts of defiance, what can Bulldog fans expect from the next unrepentant knucklehead who comes along?

If Stansbury has lost control of this team, the ripples will be felt far beyond the current, humiliating lost season in Starkville.
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