MSU basketball coach Rick Stansbury said on this morning’s SEC coaches teleconference that he expects to have a decision on the discipline of players Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey soon.
“Hopefully in the next couple of days,” Stansbury said.
Sidney and Bailey exchanged blows in the stands during the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii on Dec. 23. Both were sent home, and Stansbury said he would make a decision on their punishments once the team returned home.
“We’re close to finalizing a decision here,” said Stansbury. “When we finish finalizing a decision, we’ll let everybody know here soon.”
There have been reports/rumors that Bailey (a 6-foot-8 junior) would be booted from the team, while Sidney, the 6-10 sophomore and former McDonald’s All-American, would stay. Sidney had already been suspended for the Diamond Head opener for an incident in practice, which came on the heels of his MSU debut against Virginia Tech on Dec. 18.
Stansbury didn’t deny or confirm the report of Bailey’s dismissal.
“I don’t know where your strong sense, where all that comes from. Again, I’m not going to worry about what people speculate and what they say. Like I just said, we’re in a process right now of finalizing some decisions about it, and we’re going to come to a decision here very soon.”
Stansbury declined to say who started the altercation.
“I’m not going to throw anybody under the bus or even talk about the details of it. You guys will figure all that out eventually, right now it’s time to move on past that. Like I said, we’ll make a decision here very soon and move forward with it.”
Bailey and Sidney, who has averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games, have been roommates since Sidney’s arrival, so that made their altercation all the more surprising to Stansbury.
“I’m surprised any time a situation like that would happen in that setting. … I don’t know if I’ve ever in 13 years, you may have a little altercation here or there, but nothing like that, particularly in that setting. Like I’ve said, that’s totally inappropriate and unacceptable. That’s why I sent them both home from Hawaii.”