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Sidney said there’s no hidden reason for his departure, and he plans to return to Starkville on Aug. 14. Fall classes begin Aug. 17.
“Everybody has their own opinion but I’m doing what I have to do,” Sidney told The Clarion-Ledger. “There’s nothing else going on. They can say what they want to say but, like I said, I know what I have to do basketball-wise. I wasn’t ready to go and I felt like I really wasn’t in shape. I wanted to come back down here and get some more work.”