Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:55 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 9:16 am
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.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 11:52 am
By Gary Parrish
Rick Stansbury dismissed D.J. Gardner from the Mississippi State basketball team on Friday. The development came a day after Stansbury announced the heralded freshman would redshirt, and less than 15 hours after Gardner publicly expressed his displeasure with the coaching staff via Twitter.
"These b***es tried to f**k me over," Gardner Tweeted late Thursday, according to a screen shot grabbed by the Clarion-Ledger's Brandon Marcello. "That’s y I red shirted .. But I wish my homies a great as* season.. I don’t even know y I’m still here"
Gardner is an in-state product who averaged 32 points and 10 rebounds as a high school senior.
He chose Mississippi State over Memphis.
Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 4:47 pm
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.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 10:32 am
Edited on: December 27, 2010 10:36 am
Posted by Eric Angevine
A few other gems from a quiet holiday weekend in college hoops:
"We’ve been 8-4 before, we’ve been 9-4, I'm not trying to make light of it, I'm not trying to make it worse than it is," Izzo said. "If I keep scheduling this way, we're gonna have some losses. ... I’m disappointed. But I've been here before so I know what to do over Christmas. It’s a lot harder work than shopping."
-Tom Izzo following Michigan State's loss to Texas
-Tony Barbee on his hopes for the 4-7 Auburn Tigers
-Maine coach Ted Woodward on a victory at Penn State that capped a four-game win streak "We weren't emotionally where we needed to be at the beginning of the game."
"We weren't emotionally where we needed to be at the beginning of the game."