TIM FLOYD DISCUSSES RENARDO SIDNEY: As you should know by know, Renardo Sidney is currently awaiting word from the NCAA on whether or not he will be eligible to play the 2009-2010 basketball season for Mississippi State. One of the main issues the NCAA is looking at (and what seems to currently be the sticking point of the investigation) is how the Sidney's paid for the house they rented in Southern California.
Talentwise, Sidney was one of the most coveted recruits in the country as a senior, but neither UCLA or USC wanted the Fairfax HS product.
Speaking with Kyle Veazey of the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger, Tim Floyd spoke for the first time about why USC stopped recruiting Sidney:
"Our school was reacting to an article that was going to be written in the L.A. Times," Floyd said. "Given the fact that the institution was involved in an institutional control investigation, they viewed it as preventive management. They could not put their finger on anything."Probably was a good decision by USC. With the Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo scandals still hanging over them, the last thing they needed was another high-profile recruit carrying baggage.