Miss. State's Sidney speaks, claims innocence

The media has not yet been given access to Mississippi State sophomore Renardo Sidney, who lost his freshman season and the first nine games of the coming season because of the NCAA’s findings in its nearly year-long amateurism evaluation of the 6-foot-10 forward/center.

But, he sat down with Gregg Ellis, a former Journalite who’s now basketball media relations director for MSU, and you can find their conversation right here on the MSU website. Click here to read the interview.

It’s a refreshiingly candid interview, with Sidney experessing regret at not getting to play with Jarvis Varnado, admitting he’s a “momma’s boy,” and claiming to be the best fisherman on the team.

As far as sitting out last year, Sidney said that was an emotionally painful experience.

“I was hurt, because I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong. It just killed me, because I really wanted to be on the floor helping my team win. Someone else was deciding my fate and it didn’t feel fair. It was tough, and I experienced a lot of emotions. It was like a dream, but a bad one.”

Sidney said he’s received great support from the team during his time off the court.

“The days I was down, they all came and tried to cheer me up. They did a real good job of comforting me, especially when I learned the NCAA wasn’t going to allow me to play.”

Sidney said he’s slimmed down and is working hard on his conditioning, and he’ll be ready to go once he’s allowed to play.

“They’re going to see one of the best that’s ever come through Mississippi State.”

I highly recommend you go read the interview in its entirety.

Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal