Clemons requests transfer

Ex-MU guard didn’t enroll this semester; he says he wants to go home to North Carolina.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:30 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ricky Clemons, a former Missouri point guard, has requested a transfer to his home state of North Carolina for the rest of his two-year probation.

“He has family there, he’s originally from there and I believe he wants to go to school there,” said John Fougere, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Reached on his cell phone Tuesday, Clemons said he decided to request the transfer because “I live there.”

Fougere said Clemons continues to meet with his probation officer in Columbia while the transfer application is considered. Before reaching a decision on Clemons’ request, North Carolina corrections officials will look for an adequate living situation there, as well as plans for full-time work or education.

The request was passed to corrections officials in North Carolina on Jan. 13.

Clemons’ two years of probation come after a 42-day jail term served during July and August. In January 2003, Clemons was arrested and charged with domestic assault when his then-girlfriend, Jessica Bunge, said Clemons choked and restrained her. Clemons pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, two years of probation and a one-year suspended sentence.

Clemons initially was allowed to serve the jail sentence at Reality House, a Columbia halfway house. The arrangement was revoked after 18 days when Clemons attended a July 4 gathering at UM system President Elson Floyd’s house without permission from Reality House staff.

More controversy arose when Bunge said Clemons received clothing, money and improper academic assistance from members of the athletic department, including men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder. Clemons also said he and two other players had received money from assistant coaches.

Although Clemons was enrolled at MU in the fall as a senior general agricultural major, he is not enrolled for the winter semester, which started Tuesday. MU spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken confirmed that Clemons had not graduated.

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