Hoops: Benock Out; Sidney, Too?

Got some catching up to do after helping coach my daughter’s softball team tonight. (Wasn’t pretty out there.) Two items: MSU reserve Riley Benock is out six to seven weeks after undergoing foot surgery Wednesday; and signee Renardo Sidney has been “not certified” by the NCAA, according to an L.A. Times story.

First, Benock. Turns out he has an extra bone between his ankle and foot. He rolled his right foot the other day, and when the pain persisted, he had an X-ray, and the bone was discovered. It was removed completely during the surgery, and so he’ll miss one, maybe two weeks of preseason drills, which start Oct. 16. Benock, a junior, played in all 36 of MSU’s games last year, averaging 2.3 points and 11.4 minutes.

As for Sidney, the Times story says he’s been declared “not certified due to non-response.” In other words, the NCAA hasn’t gotten all the documentation it has requested, specifically, Sidney family bank records and tax returns. The whole amateurism evaluation centers around the question of how the Sidneys could afford the rent on two expensive homes in Los Angeles. Sidney attorney Don Jackson has said repeatedly that the NCAA will never get those records, and he told me a few weeks ago that he could see this ordeal winding up in court.

Jackson also told me a few weeks ago that the NCAA essentially set an Aug. 19 deadline for getting them the requested info, otherwise Sidney would be declared “not certified.” Then, NCAA spokesman Bob Williams told me about four weeks ago that the eligbility center did not set a deadline but that it must have those bank records in order for Sidney to have a chance of being cleared.

I left a voicemail with Jackson at 7:52 p.m. It should be noted that my last three text messages to Jackson – sent, for various reasons, Aug. 17, Aug. 20 and Sept. 8 – have gone unreturned. Odd.

Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com has weighed in on this latest development, writing that there “doesn’t seem to be an imminent solution.”

Sidney is enrolled at MSU and can participate in offseason workouts.

I’ll update this if Jackson ever calls me back.

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