Rhodes Misses Bulldog Win In Sugar Bowl Classic

The Bulldogs scored their third-straight win in the Sugar Bowl Classic Thursday night. But the Mississippi State bench was short one player for the 71-65 victory over Virginia Tech.

Freshman forward Charles Rhodes did not make the trip to New Orleans. Coach Rick Stansbury told reporters after the team's win that Rhodes had remained home, in Jackson.

The coach did not say specifically why the rookie was not on the road trip, but Stansbury also did not appear concerned. He shrugged off suggestions that Rhodes is injured, though other sources indicated there might be a back problem. MSU assistants have told booster groups lately that Rhodes might be a candidate for a medical redshirt (technically, a waiver), but Stansbury gave every indication the freshman should be with the team next week.

Rhodes has played in seven games this fall, including last Wednesday's win in his Jackson hometown when he got seven minutes and four points in a win over Jacksonville State. But he also missed the bus and flight for the Arizona game earlier this month, and was held out of three other games.

Also, guard Jamall Edmondson was limited to two minutes' action against Virginia Tech. The junior has reportedly suffered from a urinary tract infection and only arrived in New Orleans the day of the game. He is expected to be full-speed for State's SEC opener next Wednesday night in Humphrey Coliseum.

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