The NCAA is wanting to delay its meeting with Mississippi State basketball signee Renardo Sidney and his family, according to Donald Jackson, the attorney representing the Sidneys.
Sidney, a 6-foot-10 McDonald’s All-American, is the subject of an amateurism evaluation by the NCAA. The two sides are scheduled to meet Wednesday at Jackson’s Montgomery, Ala., office.
The NCAA, though, has asked Jackson for more time to prepare. Jackson has interpreted that request to mean the investigators lack evidence that could endanger Sidney’s eligibility.
“At this point, I don’t think they’re prepared to come in and lay anything out as to what they allege this family has done,” Jackson said. “They’ve had more than adequate time.”
Jackson fired off an e-mail Thursday morning urging the NCAA to stick with the July 1 meeting date.
He said he would send the NCAA the documents it had requested by no later than today. Among those documents are family financial records, save for bank statements.
Sports attorney Michael Glazier, retained by MSU for this case, will also receive that information.
In question is whether the Sidney family, specifically father Renardo Sr., have done anything that would make Sidney ineligible for competition. Questions have arisen about the family’s ties with various shoe reps, their ability to afford an expensive house, and the mysterious reasons UCLA and USC reportedly pulled scholarship offers from Sidney, who starred at two high schools in Los Angeles.
Jackson, in turn, has filed a Family Educations Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) request with the NCAA, which would allow him to review its notes about this investigation.
The Sidneys returned to their native Jackson on Wednesday night. Jackson said they’re eager to get this case put behind them so Sidney can join an MSU team that many are favoring to win the SEC title and make a deep NCAA tournament run.
Handling the case, Jackson said, is Angie Cretors, assistant director for Agent, Amateurism and Gambling Activities. The NCAA does not comment on ongoing investigations.
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