Enigmatic forward Renardo Sidney, whose saga at Mississippi State began with a months-long NCAA investigation, lavished praise upon coach Rick Stansbury, who retired today after 14 seasons on the job.
Let's be clear on one thing, however: He has not yet decided on whether he'll leave MSU or return for his senior season. Not according to a source very close to the family.
Sidney voiced all of this via his Twitter account (@LawinOrder1) late Thursday night. Earlier in the day he sent out some tweets that many people interpreted as a shot at Stansbury. The first one was nothing but emoticons of hands clapping and waving. He then got into some heated exchanges with several people on Twitter.
You can read all of his tweets over at my backup blog (CLICK HERE), but I'll try to distill it into a more digestible form here.
These were actually the first two tweets of the series: 1) "I don't know why people b going at my head like that... Y'all don't kno me u don't kno what I go through with that team,coaches,fans,media." 2) "I'm a really good person and for y'all to trash talk me like that is very wrong but hey I forgive u and as far as coach Stansbury."
And from there, I'll try to hit just hit the high points. He called Stansbury a "great man" and that the coach "put up with my sh-t all 3 years and I want to say thanks for all u done for me and my family and I'm truly sorry."
Sidney admitted that he and Stansbury didn't always see eye to eye but that they had a "good coach and player thing." He thanked the Stansburys for welcoming his family "with open arms." He said Stansbury was "like a father to me."
Then Sidney was brutally honest about himself, using the same terms many fans have used to describe him. "I have been selfish, lazy, not willing to work, and that's my fault not anybody else."
Now, Sidney gave the impression that he's decided to leave the program, saying that he "really will miss Starkville and the people." But a person close to the Sidney family told me that Sidney hasn't actually decided whether he's going to leave or come back for his senior season. He first wants to see who the new coach will be.
A lot of people consider it a foregone conclusion that Sidney will leave, and they think MSU will be better for it.
Sidney is currently in his hometown of Jackson. MSU is on spring break.