Here we go, people. Your first Blog Bag answers of 2010.
Q: Please ask coach Rick Stansbury why Romero Osby doesn’t play the power forward behind Kodi Augustus. Coming out of high school he was listed as a distributing power forward. He seems to want to play the small forward, but it’s obvious (by his play) that he is out of position.
A: Sorry, but I’m not going to specifically question a coach about his choice of starting lineup. I did ask Stansbury how he felt about the three and four spots. “It’s OK. I’d like to have more off my bench. I need my bench to be more productive for us. That’s always important. I’d like for it to be more productive.”
Q: Also, could you ask Stansbury (since Kodi is struggling) if he feels like it might be time to tweak the lineup and go small?
A: I wouldn’t say Augustus is struggling. He’s averaging 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while averaging 22.5 minutes. Turner is averaging 5.9 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 20.9 minutes. If anything, the team would benefit from Augustus getting more playing time and maybe putting Turner at the three spot. But with all the injuries and having no Renardo Sidney, there’s not much wiggle room with the substitution pattern.
Q: Any updates on Sidney? Have any interviews taken place?
A: I’m sure you’ve seen today’s update on that. As for interviews, you probably saw where the NCAA interviewed the Sidney family a second time just before Christmas.
Q: Is Sidney’s dad going to repay Jarvis Varnado for taking his scholarship and throwing it in the toilet and ruining his son’s college athlete experience?
A: A rhetorical question, sure, but an outstanding one.
Q: Does beating Western Kentucky so badly last year have anything to do with our sluggish play last night? If not, how do you explain the lack of effort for the first 36 minutes of the game?
A: I don’t think last year affected this year. MSU knows WKU reached the Sweet 16 last season. I just think it was like Ravern Johnson said: “I think we just came out too relaxed.”
Q: Antwon Chisolm has decommitted from MSU. Who is making the push for him?
A: According to Scout.com, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound RB from Belle Glade, Fla., is setting up some visits, but it doesn’t say where. He’s been offered by Marshall, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Q: Who do you think will start at quarterback for the Bulldogs for the 2010 season?
A: Tough call, but I’ll say Tyler Russell. He was pretty close to being ready this past season, and once he gets a full offseason under his belt, I just don’t see Chris Relf beating him out. But Relf’s got to get some minutes some way.
Q: When does the football team start off-season conditioning?
A: A week from today (Jan. 15).
Q: When does spring football begin?
A: That hasn’t been set yet, but the spring game will be played April 17.