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January 26, 2011

Just a couple more things to keep you confused

Latonia Guider had this to say today about her son, Korie Lucious: "Korie needs to grow up. He needs to become a man. He needs to step into the role of a man, instead of being a little boy. But this is his life and whatever he decides, I’m gonna stand by him – stand beside him – 101 percent. He’s not a bad child. He’s just made some dumb decisions, that’s all.”

    Early in the day, Guider gave this statement to spartannation.com: “I love my son dearly.  We certainly didn’t want his career at MSU to end this way, but we thank all of you for your prayers and thoughts.  Korie will finish the semester at Michigan State and Coach Izzo has said he will help Korie find a new school.  We are grateful to God for Coach Izzo and Michigan State.  My son has admitted he made mistakes.  I ask that people remember him and judge him not just by mistakes, but by the man I believe him to be, and that he will grow into.”

    Later, Lucious told me he wasn't sure what he was going to do, and Guider told me the same. I asked her about the statement and she insisted she does not know how this will turn out.

    “It’s up to Korie, it’s not up to me," she said. "It’s up to Korie what Korie wants to do. ... I don't know what he's gonna do, honestly."

    Why the change? I don't know, but there's absolutely no reason to doubt the accuracy of the first quote. Something altered Guider's view of the situation, or what she wanted to say about it, later.

    And the biggest question of all is: Does it matter? Will Lucious have the option of returning? Tom Izzo returned a call today but did not want to say anything about the Lucious situation. I think Lucious has played his last game at MSU (the school declaring it that way could hurt his chances of landing somewhere else, if you think about it), but it looks like we won't know for sure until Lucious tells us for sure.

    I asked Guider if she thinks the door could ever re-open for Lucious at MSU.

    “I think maybe there’s still a chance," she said.

    Later, as we talked more about Lucious and his situation, she said: “My heart goes out to my son. I hate that it had to end this way.”

    “I respect coach Izzo and Michigan State, and all they’ve done for Korie," Guider continued. "Coach Izzo needs to do what he has to do for his program. And if that’s dismissing Korie, then that’s what needs to be done.”
    "Korie’s gonna get it figured out. I think this incident might end up being a real eye opener for him. We cried on the phone together last night, and then he went to the gym. He’ll keep working and getting better, and he’ll grow up.”

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