Stansbury hasn't spoken with Sidney about future

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

There was a report Sunday that Renardo Sidney, the enigmatic junior forward for Mississippi State, is considering leaving the school after this season to either transfer or go pro.

On today’s SEC coaches teleconference, I asked MSU coach Rick Stansbury about the report and whether he’d spoken with Sidney about leaving.

“Not at all. I don’t know where all those reports come from. No discussion at any time,” Stansbury said.

I asked if the two had discussed Sidney’s future at all. Stansbury: “We haven’t talked one bit about his future plans at all. We’re just trying to get through this season.”

Sidney is averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for State (17-5, 4-3 SEC). It’s been an up-and-down season for the 6-foot-10 Jackson native, who’s coming off a rough couple of games in which he recorded a combined eight points and 10 rebounds.

If Sidney transferred, he’d have to sit out a year before using his final season of eligibility. He already had to sit out his freshman season and part of his sophomore year due to an NCAA amateurism investigation and the resulting suspension.

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Rankings update …

MSU drops four spots to No. 22 in the latest AP poll. … MSU is 19th in latest USA Today poll.

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