NCAA Wants Face Time with Mississippi State Freshman Renardo Sidney's Family

Brad LockeContributor IDecember 17, 2009

STARKVILLE, MS – The NCAA wants to conduct another round of interviews with Renardo Sidney and his family next week.

That’s what the Sidneys’ attorney, Donald Jackson, told reporters on Wednesday. Alex Hammond, of the NCAA Eligibility Center, interviewed the Sidneys in July as part of the amateurism evaluation of the 6'10" Sidney, a Mississippi State freshman.

Ten games into the season, Sidney has yet to see the court as the NCAA continues to gather information.

“After several days of interviews in (Los Angeles) and Mississippi, the NCAA has still not established the existence of any violations in the Renardo Sidney matter,” Jackson wrote in a mass text message.

Jackson said that Hammond has interviewed several people recently, including a former summer league coach and representatives of an L.A. bank that lent the Sidneys money. Jackson said the NCAA asked the bank “why the bank would make a loan to the Sidney family.”

The Sidneys moved from Jackson to Los Angeles in 2006, and at the center of the investigation is how the Sidneys afforded the rent on expensive homes in the L.A. area.

Jackson added, “This case represents a distortion of the initial eligibility process. In effect, the Eligibility Center’s refusal to act amounts to a suspension without finding a single violation of any type.”

NCAA spokesman Bob Williams disputed Jackson’s claims. In an e-mail responding to Jackson, Williams said, “The fact is that Mr. Jackson and his client have refused to provide all information requested since April 2009. Their decision to not fully cooperate has delayed the decision on Mr. Sidney’s initial eligibility.

“Mr. Jackson’s recent statement is one more misrepresentation of the facts.”