June 28, 2010

Plenty of offseason changes for Mississippi State

Mississippi State's basketball offseason has been anything but quiet since thing ended in March.

The Bulldogs have nearly lost a head coach, had a player transfer out and another transfer in, a assistant coach leave, a player taken off scholarship, two underclassmen declare for the NBA Draft and two seniors graduate just to name a few things.

With so much change in only a short matter of time it is pretty obvious things will be quite different at Humphrey Coliseum next season.

"Well it's pretty obvious when you lose a couple of impact guys like Jarvis Varnado and Barry Stewart we'll have to overcome a lot of inexperience," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "I think the biggest thing right now is just the health level of some of our kids like Twany Beckham, Elgin Bailey and Shaun Smith, three kids who didn't play last year, and where they will be in November. We know we are without Renardo Sidney for the first nine games so there are some question marks as to where we are at and who we have at this point. But I think when we get everybody healed up and moving in the same direction we'll be fine."

Some of the Bulldogs offseason changes include rising junior forward Romero Osby transferring to Oklahoma. They also lost their other top contributor off the bench when rising fifth-year senior sparkplug Phil Turner was released from his scholarship last week by the State staff.

Turner stated Friday night that he was informed of his release via a letter and Stansbury issued a statement on his release the following morning.

"He made a statement and I made a statement," Stansbury said. "Hey, we'll move on with it. There are two sides but then again, hey, I think everybody has said something so I'm ready to move on with it."

Both Ravern Johnson and Dee Bost decided to test the NBA waters following the season but neither hired an agent. But only Johnson removed his name from consideration before the May 8 deadline. Bost has since returned to summer school in Starkville and the university's appeal to the NCAA for reinstatement is still pending.

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