MSU moves on without Sidney in its plans

STARKVILLE — While Mississippi State men’s basketball fans wonder what’s up with freshman forward Renardo Sidney, head coach Rick Stansbury isn’t worrying about his gem recruit helping the team this season.

It makes sense, seeing as the Bulldogs (21-8, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) have clinched the SEC West and are on the bubble to make the NCAA tournament, according to NCAA bracket experts.

Sidney wasn’t on the bench for the team’s game against Alabama, but the yet-to-be-reinstated player’s attorney, Don Jackson, said he was sick and did not attend.

Currently, Sidney, Jackson and MSU are awaiting the NCAA’s decision on possible punishment and possible restitution for what the NCAA called “false” answers given by Sidney regarding a trip he and his father took to California when he was a high school freshman.