MSU's troubled Renardo Sidney slowly improving - - Jackson, MS

MSU's troubled Renardo Sidney slowly improving

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State's Renardo Sidney has been in the news a lot this winter - mostly for the wrong reasons.

Eligiblity trouble with the NCAA, weight problems and a televised fistfight have dominated conversations about the 6-foot-10 sophomore.

But over the past month, Sidney has improved greatly.

He's averaging 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, helping the Bulldogs win 4 of their last five heading into this week's Southeastern Conference tournament.

Most importantly, he's stayed out of trouble. And for the first time since December, a contrite Sidney talked with the media about his constant problems and what he's done to become a better basketball player and person.

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