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No movement on Sidney's status


Danny P Smith



STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney remains a topic of conversation. 


Mississippi State men''s basketball coach Rick Stansbury said Wednesday not much has changed about the status of the freshman forward. 


Stansbury said Sidney is still sitting out while the NCAA investigates his status as an amateur athlete. The process has been going on since April when Sidney signed with the Bulldogs. 


Sidney practiced with the team in November, but had to sit on the bench during games and couldn''t travel. 


Stansbury said Sidney doesn''t practice with the team these days because it "doesn''t help him very much because he''s on the sideline so much." 


Instead, Sidney participates in individual workouts. 


"I can''t have a guy not playing out there on the five-on-five because I''m trying to give John (Riek) and Wendell (Lewis) some reps," Stansbury said. "We work him out individually separately. That''s where he gets his workout time." 


There has been little if any movement on Sidney''s quest to become cleared. His attorney, Donald Jackson, has had no news to report. 


Stansbury repeated he has moved forward as if Sidney isn''t going to be with MSU anytime soon. He said he is focused on the start of Southeastern Conference play Saturday at the University of Mississippi. 


"Naturally, (in October) I thought it would have been resolved a long time ago, but it hasn''t," Stansbury said. "I''m sure not the one who''d have the answers to it. If I did, I would have solved it a long time ago."



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