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Renardo Sidney’s Thursday News and Views

Renardo Sidney wasn’t always a waste of size. He wasn’t always a waste of space. He wasn’t always a lazy, selfish, overweight waste of talent either. Renardo Sidney hasn’t always been a fat, lackadaisical, 6-foot-10, 300-pound poor excuse of an athlete. He hasn’t always been a disgrace to SEC basketball.  You see, once upon a time, Renardo Sidney was a McDonald’s All-American, a Naismith High School Player of the Year finalist, and a member of the USA Junior National Select Team. In 2007, he was projected to be the first pick in the 2010 Draft. But somewhere along the way, something went wrong. Most people believe the blame goes on those with major influences in Renardo’s life – mainly his father.  Before his junior year of high school, Renardo Sidney Sr. moved his son from Mississippi to Los Angeles to capitalize on his potential.  A Reebok employee funded the move and sponsored Renardo’s AAU team, the one his father coached.  Agents, shoe reps, and sports attorneys were constantly coming in and out of his life before he turned 19 years old. And here he is, just a few years, a few NCAA suspensions, and one fist fight later, and Renardo Sidney is a complete bust. He’s selfishly jacking up three-pointers and gasping for air while Josh Harrellson goes up for a wide open dunk. Hell, he’s lucky to be on an NCAA roster at all. It’s easy to make fun of Renardo when he looks like he ate the entire SEC West and he’s fighting teammates over leg room. But really, it’s a sad story that shows how young athletes can be influenced and manipulated by the people around them.  Just think about what this kid could’ve done had he stayed in Mississippi and lived the somewhat normal, disciplined life of a high school athlete.

To the news and views…

Just a warning – I’m all drugged up on meds (legal meds, I’m sick) so don’t be surprised if I pass out halfway through the post or start writing about a journey through the everglades on a unicorn. It’s the drugs. Oh, and don’t worry, I washed my hands.

— We kicked off our Wednesday with news that the UK Board of Trustees isn’t too pleased with Mitch Barnhart’s extension.  It turns out that President Lee Todd didn’t run it by the board before inking the deal with Mitch, when the Board of Trustees should’ve been the final authority in the matter.  Nothing can be done now but it says a lot about the Board’s confidence in Barnhart.  I hope UK’s next President likes his athletic director because he’ll be stuck with him through 2019. Yay for “exemplary performance”!!!

— The best news of the day came from the athletic director’s office when Mitch Barnhart said UK will no longer approve the SkyCam camera location in the future. Hart’s Dry Cleaners estimates over 300 vomit covered UK2K shirts were dropped off across Lexington area locations Wednesday. With the uproar from Tuesday night’s game, I assume ESPN will chalk this innovation up as a loss and toss the SkyCam in the back storage bin with the other one-time use cameras – like the hotel peephole cam.  I admire ESPN’s efforts to enhance the viewing experience, but if they really want to please Kentucky fans, add in some CGI of an Eloy Vargas basket going in.  Otherwise, we’re good with high definition.

— In other news from the SkyCam controversy, our own Thomas Beisner made Jeff Eisenberg’s Yahoo! article with his “Renardo Sidney ate the other camera angles” comment. Eisenberg better be sending a check. KSR doesn’t do this one-liner sports comedy show for free.

— As that Matt Jones guy from CBS mentioned earlier, UK is trying to get Trevor Lacey to Lexington this weekend for a visit. Lacey is a lights-out shooter from Alabama (a state that’s been very good to Coach Cal) and he could be the final piece in the 2011 recruiting class. But you knew that already. What we don’t know is if he’s coming or not and we should find that out by Thursday afternoon.  If Lacey does make the trip, he better be coming with a donation for Dance Blue. That’s how things work around here.

— It’s looking like, for the first time in its 39-year history, no UK signees will play in the Derby Festival Classic. All four of UK’s current signees have been invited to play in the McDonald’s game and the Jordan Brand Classic, and all will likely accept the invitations.  By rule, high schoolers are only allowed to play in two all-star games. The only way the Derby Classic can add a UK signee is if it brings in Trevor Lacey or another recruit who is likely to commit to Kentucky. It’s bad news for the Derby Festival and its fundraising but I can’t say it’s bad news for UK when the entire class is playing in the two biggest high school all-star games of the year.

— Over 24 hours have passed and I still can’t get over the point spread from the Mississippi State game. Twenty! Twenty points! Even that guy in the suit covered in question marks thinks that’s free money.  I won’t mention any names, but the guy with the big eyebrows who writes on this site backed out of a $500 bet at the last minute and he’s sick over it.  Moral of the story, don’t let people talk you out of doing the responsible thing.

— It was a good day for Boogie as the NBA rescinded that B.S. technical foul from last week and he recorded his seventh double-double in his last nine games. Big Cuz scored 14 points with 12 rebounds and added 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.  It was his 14th double-double on the season.

— In football news, UCLA hired Joe Tresey from South Florida to be the new Bruins defensive coordinator. Why does that matter to us, you ask? It means Steve Brown is staying put, for now. It was reported earlier in the week that Brown could be on his way to Los Angeles. Brown’s name is rumored at a few other schools too. We’ll keep eyes on it.

— I listened to the first episode of Jason Whitlock’s “Real Talk” podcast and was pretty disappointed.  I like Whitlock, and I think his podcasts will be good, but his first guest was Jay Mariotti and all Jay did was whine about how AOL mistreated him. The two spent the entire 45 minute segment talking about Mariotti’s life and that’s not something I’m very interested in. At all. I’m looking forward to the show’s non-Mariotti guests in the future who come on to talk about a wide range of sports topics. Get it together, Whitlock.

— The second episode of Justified Season 2 aired Wednesday night. With each new episode, I fear that Beisner may go blind.  Yeah, he loves it that much.

— While we’re on the subject of crime and guns in Kentucky, Louisville played at Cincinnati Wednesday night.  The Bearcats overcame a -1 start to upset the #16 Cardinals, 63-54.  How does that happen? cincy-1

That’ll do, pig.  As always, tune in to Matt and Big EZ tomorrow morning at 10am.  The first caller who calls in and says, “Team Serene Branson!” gets to punch BTI in the face.  Speaking of BTI, he’s up next at 9:00 am. Have fun with that.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

33 Comments for Renardo Sidney’s Thursday News and Views

  1. blah blah blah
    12:21 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    first hehehee

  2. EyewearMan
    12:32 am February 17, 2011 Permalink


  3. linnaeus
    12:32 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Teague, Gilchrist and Davis are all on the USA Junior National Select Team for the Nike Hoops Summit. Wiltjer could play in the game too if he is selected for the World Select Team (Canadian).

  4. Jacocat
    12:45 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    THE Renardo Sidneys are the reason for thr NBA rule of one year of college or 20 yrs old.

  5. tim
    12:50 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Poor Renaldinho Sidney. Kinda makes me feel bad for him.

  6. Sexnnursinghomes
    12:51 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Sorta like jones stealing his jokes from deadspin?

  7. CalifCatFan
    12:55 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Who changed the font size? It is too small. Please change it back.

  8. Sexnnursinghomes
    1:05 am February 17, 2011 Permalink


  9. bigeastisoverrated
    1:15 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Why does God feel the need to give unbelivible talent to such worthless lazy people. What a waste, I have no sympathy for the kid.

  10. bigeastisoverrated
    1:21 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Cobb was also listed as the number 4 running back in the 2011 draft by Todd McShay on I guess no one at KSR noticed.

  11. iWantToGrowUpAndBeTheDrewFranklin
    1:29 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    10. That’s been mentioned sometime over the past few days, I remember reading it. I also back out of betting on the game not 5 hundo, but a hundo. It hurts too.

  12. TWBH
    1:49 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Renardo’s only redeeming quality is redeeming coupons at pizza hut.

  13. Catman33
    2:46 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    That fat waste of talent kid is allowed to play but Enes Kanter isn’t? smh

  14. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    3:52 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Haven’t been around much lately but get in the nightly read regardless. A little disappointed in you Breisner. Being the music and movie buff of the site I expected a “Smoke crack don’t ya Sams” reference when discussing Sidney. Feel sorry for the guy. He was one that I thought might be the gem (along with Rotnei Clark?) of the BCG recruiting class. Boy those were the days. Carry on.

  15. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    3:55 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    #10–that is two day old news. I haven’t been on the site much lately but even I caught the mention on here a few days ago.

  16. SexnNursinHomes
    4:53 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    6 & 8- thanks. whoever you are. keep it real dawg

    But But But But But Rick is the coach of year. what? huh? OHHHH, It’s a bridge year? right, ok.

  17. Bg Cat
    6:07 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Serene Branson Is One Hot Reporter But I Cant Understand A Thing She Is Saying.

  18. londonbeat
    6:14 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Cincinnati is AWFUL! Louisville shows that they are a fringe tourney team. Look for them to lose 5 of last 6 and they are in BUBBLE TROUBLE! Write it DOWN! Ricky P. deserves nothing except 20 yrs in jail.

  19. SavannahCat
    7:54 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Many kids have this kind of stuff thrown upon them and do O.K. The only one to blame is R. Sidney. You can look at adults in their 30s in sports and entertainment making millions and find the same thing. Some are good people, some are s#@!t.

  20. Kidnut
    7:55 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    They had something about Cobb listed as the #4 RB a few days ago.

  21. Musehobo
    7:58 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Your first 5 sentences were exceptionally rude, even for this site. You don’t have to get all personal on him.

  22. Big Blue 66
    8:28 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    I just call him Moonpie…..kinda like Derrick Coleman

  23. Coach Enes
    8:37 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    #10 – McShay naming Cobb the #4 RB and #3 WR was mentioned on this site multiple times this week. KSR does lack coverage in the football department most of the time, but they definitely didn’t miss that one.

  24. Scoutblue
    8:53 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    So how is what Sidney and his father did with the paid-for LA move, coaching job, etc. any different from Kanter’s situation? Oh, that’s right; Sidney didn’t spurn Washington, home of Emmert.

  25. SteelDirigible
    9:03 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    he’s still a McDonalds All-American….

  26. Franktown
    9:05 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Whoa.. never seen that before.. -1. Lol.

  27. Al's IndiCats
    9:05 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe Stansbury will have to go the route with Sidney as Joe B. did with Mel Turpin in the 70s (may he rest in peace). Put his picture in every fast food place in Starksville, that reads, DO NOT FEED THIS MAN!
    Or Maybe Sandra Bullock will make movie about adoption, but not a kid, but adopting a McDonalds to feed a kid in Australia, Called: Feed Sidney to Sidney.

  28. The Oval Office
    9:07 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    6 & 8……Such a WEAK play and exceptionally original.

  29. isaac
    9:57 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    so, sidney is a tub of goo, we all get that…but who here thinks if UK can get hot and shoot well from beyond the arc, that they got a shot at elite 8 or final 4?

  30. sunnycat
    9:59 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Sidneys parents have done a fine job teaching him values, morals and work ethic.

  31. sunnycat
    10:01 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    29 It would help if they play hard for the full fourty minutes also.

  32. KP
    10:25 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    PPat had a good night too! Granted the Rockets lost, but he had 7 boards, 2 blocks and 10 points in only 16 mins.

  33. Jmet80
    11:54 am February 17, 2011 Permalink

    The most important story of the week. It has been two weeks and Raylan hasn’t killed ANYONE!!!!