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Renardo Sidney Loses 15 Lbs; Hires Agent Johnny Foster

Roughly three years ago, Michael Goldman (who contributes to this site on occasion), wrote an article titled, The Curious Case of Renardo Sidney.  Goldman discussed the roadblocks that prevented a player who was once ranked the seventh best player in the country from playing at UCLA or USC (two schools who were at one time very interested in having Sidney on campus).  He ended up playing at Mississippi State and the school hoped that the talented Sidney would make it a contender in the Southeastern Conference.  This past season, the team finished sixth in the SEC, just above Ole Miss.

Sidney has not exactly lived up to his expectations.  He missed a season because there was concern that he violated the NCAA’s amateurism provisions.  The NCAA found that Sidney received improper benefits and lied during an investigation, and suspended him more games the following year.  In the 2011/12 season, he only logged 22.7 minutes per game.  He also gained a lot of weight.  By the end of the season, the 6’10 center was weighing in at roughly 300 lbs.

But apparently, Sidney is turning his life and hopefully his basketball career around.  NBPA Certified Agent Johnny Foster has informed me that he has signed Sidney to a representation agreement.  Furthermore, Foster states that Sidney has made great progress with his game, has lost 15 lbs, and is looking great.  “[Sidney] has been with me swimming twice a day and conditioning twice a day,” says Foster.  As of right now, it appears that Sidney will not be drafted, but if he can turn things around, he may still have the talent to make an NBA team (or D-League affiliate) as a project worth working on.

On April 9, 2012, I also reported that Foster has signed Darryl “Truck” Bryant of West Virginia and Julian Mavunga of Miami Ohio.


By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.