Mississippi State Bulldogs WiretapFebruary 2011 Mississippi State Bulldogs Wiretap

Stansbury Responds To Criticism Over Renard Sidney

Feb 22, 2011 3:29 PM

Under fire for shielding Renardo Sidney from the media, Mississippi State state coach Rick Stansbury talked about the situation.

"He's a 21-year-old kid that (this) is all new for him, and his background didn't prepare him for this," Stansbury said. "Our job is a lot of things, and not just not on the court, but it's a process for a lot of things. This is just one part of the process.

"My biggest challenge first is how to be a good teammate, and nobody has showed him how or what is acceptable."

The ultra-talented Sidney was suspended by the NCAA all of last year for receiving improper benefits and was involved in a nationally televised brawl with a teammate in Hawaii earlier this season.

He has not been available to the media since December.

NEMS Daily Journal

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Mississippi State Suspends Johnson After Tweets

Feb 5, 2011 11:02 AM

Mississippi State's Ravern Johnson has been suspended for Saturday's game against LSU because of "inappropriate tweets" sent following the team's 75-61 loss to Alabama on Wednesday.

The suspension was announced Friday in a statement released by the university.

Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury banned the team from using Twitter on Thursday.

Johnson was critical of his role in the offense and of fans in Twitter messages after scoring just 10 points in the loss to the Crimson Tide.

Associated Press

Tags: Ravern Johnson, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Southeastern Conference, NCAA, NCAA Suspension

Mississippi State Coach Bans Twitter

Feb 4, 2011 5:57 AM

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury has banned his team from using Twitter.

Stansbury's players posted critical comments following Wednesday's loss to Alabama, prompting the decision.

Starting guard Ravern Johnson posted "starting to see why people Transfer you can play the minutes but not getting your talents shown because u watching someone else wit the ball the whole game," according to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

The Bulldogs have an 11-10 overall record, 3-4 in the SEC.

Johnson and Renardo Sidney also reportedly criticized fans. Both accounts have since been deleted.

In a written statement, Stansbury explains his decision, saying "some young men just don't understand once they put something out there for everyone to see, there is no taking it back."

Associated Press

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