By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
From Brad Locke’s blog.
Renardo Sidney’s tumultuous Mississippi State career has come to an end.
After three years in Starkville, the 6-foot-10 forward is leaving the program and has signed with the Rogue Sports agency, according to a team spokesman. The Clarion-Ledger first reported the story.
Sidney averaged 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 22.7 minutes this past season, down from his 2010-11 numbers of 14.2 points and 7.6 boards. He had to sit out his freshman season plus the first nine games of last season due to an NCAA suspension – an investigation found that he accepted impermissible benefits while in high school and lied to the NCAA during the probe.
Not long after debuting in an MSU uniform, Sidney got in a fistfight with then-teammate Elgin Bailey in the stands at a tournament in Hawaii. Sidney was suspended two games for that.
He finished the 2010-11 season strong and spent much of last offseason with former NBA great John Lucas in Houston, working on both his game and his attitude. But MSU reaped few benefits from that, as Sidney underachieved and failed to stay in good condition.
I’ve not been able to reach Sidney for comment. More details coming soon.
Earlier today, MSU announced that freshman guard DeVille Smith had withdrawn from school and is no longer with the program. And junior forward Arnett Moultrie is supposed to be announcing today whether he’ll return to MSU or enter the NBA Draft.