December 8, 2010

Tough stretch ahead for State

Over the next week Mississippi State will embark on a gauntlet of games under its own doing.

The Bulldogs will play five games in five days beginning Saturday against East Tennessee at Humphrey Coliseum. The homestand will then continue with North Carolina A&T, Nicholls State, Alabama State and then conclude with a rare midseason exhibition game in Jackson against Belhaven.

"Back when we made this schedule it looked a lot more appealing than it does now trust me," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "I still wouldn't change anything that we did with it. What it is, is what it is. For us to try to make some things work and get where we wanted to on that schedule it just fell this way."

MSU made the schedule this way so it could get both Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost back from NCAA mandated suspensions before the meat of the schedule begins. Sidney will return Dec. 18th facing Virginia Tech while Bost will be back for the Bulldogs league opener Jan. 8 against Alabama.

Both players are expected to play in State's exhibition Dec. 15 at the "Big House" in Jackson.

"I think Renardo will play every minute he can play physically (in the exhibition) just to get some game experience," Stansbury said. "I don't want to have any fool's gold there with Dee because we've got to keep playing without him. We've got to keep playing as we are but no question coming out of a four-game stretch there are going to be ample minutes out there for Dee to play too for sure."

Sidney, the former five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American, was signed by the Bulldogs in the 2009 class but has yet to play. Stansbury hopes the fans will keep their expectations at a minimum for his highly anticipated debut.

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