Sidney suspended again after one game

Published Dec. 21, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

Mississippi State sophomore Renardo Sidney has been suspended indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team," the latest setback for the talented but oft-troubled forward.

School spokesman Gregg Ellis announced the suspension Tuesday. He did not provide details.

Sidney has played in only one game this season after serving a nine-game NCAA suspension. He scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds in 25 minutes before fouling out in the Bulldogs' 88-57 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Mississippi State is currently in Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic tournament and plays Washington State on Wednesday.

The NCAA ruled last March that Sidney had to repay $11,800 in improper benefits and sit out the remainder of the 2010 season and nine games this season before he could play.

Along with his eligibility issues, Sidney has also battled a bulging waistline. At about 275 pounds, he acknowledged last week that he's at least 10 pounds overweight despite practicing with the team all season.

During an exhibition game last week, which was specifically scheduled to help Sidney get into game shape, he battled leg cramps throughout the second half.


An elite recruit in the 2009 class, Sidney grew up in Jackson, Miss., but played at a Los Angeles high school. The NCAA decided he received preferential treatment and improper benefits, and that he also violated ethics rules by providing false or misleading statements.