Mississippi State mishandling Renardo Sidney’s eligibility case

Attorney Don Jackson, who represents the Sidney family in the fight to establish the eligibility of Mississippi State freshman Renardo Sidney, accused the university of being “brow beaten into assisting the denial of Mr. Sidney’s rights.”

Based in Montgomery, Ala., Jackson made the accusation in an e-mail early Friday morning. He wrote that in previous eligibility cases, including one involving former MSU forward Mario Austin, “I have worked cooperatively with universities and Athletic Departments to protect the interests of student-athletes.” He wrote that in the Austin case, Mississippi State even used the school plane to fly to Indianapolis to argue on behalf of Austin before the NCAA membership staff.