Well shocking only to those who have zero clue about college basketball. LAT reports on a story that shouldn't be a suprise to anyone on BN:
Renardo Sidney, the basketball All-American from L.A. Fairfax High who had orally committed his intent to accept a scholarship offer from USC, will not play for the Trojans.
Sources close to USC's program and the Sidney family say the school and player have ended the recruiting process.
Sidney, a 6-foot-11 power forward, visited Mississippi State last weekend and a source close to the family said the Sidneys and USC had agreed upon "a mutual parting of the ways." The source spoke on the condition of anonymity, having not received clearance from the family to be quoted publicly about the matter.
Uh hum. Here are the money grafs from the article though (emphasis added):
However, the source close to the Sidney family said school officials expressed concern about signing the player while an NCAA investigation into former USC stars Reggie Bush, a Heisman Trophy winner in football, and O.J. Mayo, a first-round NBA pick last year, was still open.
Sidney's father, Renardo Sr., "didn't want his son to be the scapegoat for those allegations," the source said without elaborating why that could happen. "Neither side wanted an impending investigation hanging over them."
One has to wonder if they were actually concerned about those investigations why did they let Timmeh and his staff "recruit" this kid in the first place? And if they weren't so concerned then why are they so concerned now?
Anyway, so no Sidney. Dwayne Hackett who was probably the heart and soul of that team is gone. Derozan is most likely gone. Taj Gibson will probably leave too. But hey ... they will have those "Pac-10 tournament champions" shirts to hold on to and hype up another off season of gap closing to the clueless local press.