NCAA takes mercy on Dee Bost

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Dee Bost’s boneheaded move won’t cost him the 2010-11 season. Just a good chunk of it.

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When the Mississippi State guard declared for the 2010 NBA draft, he somehow forgot or misremembered the May 8 early withdrawal date. So the junior pleaded his case – pleading forgetfulness – and the NCAA showed some mercy.

“I want to thank the NCAA for hearing my case and allowing me to return to school and play basketball,” Bost said in a statement. “I only wanted to test the waters and then return to Mississippi State. I realize I made a huge mistake in how I handled the situation, and I am thankful for a second chance.”

Bost will serve a nine-game suspension, but it won’t start right away. Instead, it’ll begin once Bost – who’s not academically eligible for the fall semester – regains his eligibility. So when is that? No one knows yet.

MSU’s fall semester ends Dec. 10, but the school hasn’t released its complete non-conference schedule. If it’s anything close to last season’s slate, he’ll probably be out until mid-January and miss a couple of SEC games.

By then, prized recruit Renardo Sidney – who missed the entire 2009-10 season and will sit out the first nine games of the season – should be ready to pair with Bost and give the Bulldogs a nice little inside-outside combo.

Talk about a pairing coach Rick Stansbury never expected to see.

“I’m glad to have this behind us and now we can move forward,” Stansbury told the Clarion Ledger.

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