Updates from Knoxville and Starkville

January, 9, 2010
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Tennessee’s Melvin Goins, Cameron Tatum and Brian Williams remain indefinitely suspended and won’t play against top-ranked Kansas Sunday in Knoxville.

All three are facing misdemeanor charges for their role in the New Year’s Day traffic arrest where there was marijuana and two guns in a rental car. The charges and added information that became available to Tennessee led to Friday's dismissal of senior forward Tyler Smith.

UT coach Bruce Pearl said earlier in the week that there could be different levels of involvement in the case as more information becomes available and that punishments could vary. According to a source, the Tennessee staff believes there could be some changing of the charges as either reduced or wiped clean.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing Renardo Sidney drama, a source with knowledge of the findings said the NCAA’s fact-finding release given to Misssissippi State on Friday didn’t convince the school that there was enough to keep Sidney out of the first 16 games. According to the source, there were no surprises in the findings, with one of the issues being that Sidney wasn’t honest about who picked him up in Los Angeles when he was in ninth grade.

The source said the school has been convinced for awhile now that there isn’t enough evidence to hold Sidney out of competition. There is at least one thought that the Bulldogs could agree with the facts and hope that the NCAA would agree that the punishment has already been served. But if MSU wants to challenge the facts, then it will drag out even longer.

For what it's worth, Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury is no longer using Sidney in practice. Since he’s not being used in games, Stansbury has decided to have the staff work with him in individual workouts. If he is cleared at some point, he would work his way in as a backup.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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