Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose. I let the Blog Bag slip for a couple of weeks, and it seems few of you noticed its return. But that's OK, because we had some good questions, all regarding or related to the men's head basketball coach.
Q: What has Rick Stansbury done to promote team unity over the last week or so?
A: Brian Bryant said the team went bowling, and there was that team meeting on Monday. What was talked about? Well, Dee Bost said, "We met, and everybody was asking how bad do you want it. We just put everything behind us and tried to move forward, and that's what we did."
Nothing more specific than that on what was said. "We'll keep that between us," Stansbury said.
Q: With Stansbury's contract, what would it cost MSU to convince him to ... uh... "retire?"
A: I don't know what his buyout is, because it's not been made public. When he was offered the Clemson job a couple of years ago, there were conflicting reports about whether Stansbury's buyout was an obstacle during contract negotiations with Clemson (CLICK HERE).
Q: Do you think Stansbury is doing Renardo Sidney a disservice allowing him to play out of shape and not exposing him to the media? No one seems to be holding him accountable for his consistently inconsistent play, or his inconsistent effort level. After (in my opinion) regressing at MSU, do you think even if he stays at MSU another year he'll ever have a shot at the NBA?
A: Excellent questions. Sidney certainly does not look like he's in much better shape than last season, and not making him available to the media gives the impression he's being coddled. Ultimately, this hurts Sidney. I have no idea whether he'll be back (wouldn't surprise me if he wasn't), and I don't believe another year would help his NBA stock at all unless he actually starts working harder and producing more.