Update: MU discusses NCAA allegations
The NCAA alleges multiple rules violations by the MU basketball program, including an assertion that an assistant coach gave an athlete $250, sources familiar with an NCAA report said Monday.
But after a months-long investigation, the NCAA has thrown out allegations that troubled former player Ricky Clemons received improper academic help to get into MU because the charge couldn’t be substantiated, said the sources, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Tony Harvey, the associate head coach who is Quin Snyder’s top assistant, is alleged to have given Clemons $250, the AP’s sources said. Harvey has denied that allegation. The AP’s sources said other alleged violations between 1999 and 2003 included a breach of ethical conduct by a member of the athletic department staff in trying to conceal rule breaking; impermissible providing of meals and transportation for current athletes and recruits; impermissible out-of-season league play by team members; impermissible contacts with recruits; and impermissible meals for Amateur Athletic Union coaches.
If the NCAA’s Infractions Committee validates the allegations, MU could face recruiting sanctions, including loss of scholarships or recruiting privileges.
The NCAA’s formal “notice of allegations” arrived at MU last Friday. School officials declined immediate comment.
But the AP’s sources said MU will challenge at least some of the allegations by a July 1 deadline. A hearing has already been scheduled by the NCAA’s Infractions Committee during its meetings Aug. 13-15 in Seattle, the AP’s sources said.
NCAA spokeswoman Kay Hawes declined comment Monday evening, saying the investigation process is confidential. The Kansas City Star first reported the university’s receipt of the notice of allegations on its Web site Monday afternoon.
Chad Moller, a spokesman for the MU athletic department, confirmed that the school received the formal NCAA notice of allegations, summarizing findings of an investigation that mushroomed after Clemons got into legal trouble in a January 2003 domestic assault incident. Harvey and Snyder have said no MU coaches gave money to Clemons. In a television interview with HBO taped Feb. 21, Clemons replied “yes” when asked whether he had been paid by coaches at MU, renewing earlier allegations by both Clemons and Bunge. On Monday, Harvey said he remained in his post at MU and stood by earlier denials of providing cash to players.
UM system President Elson Floyd and MU Athletic Director Mike Alden declined to comment Monday. A news conference is set for 11 a.m. today in the Reynolds Alumni Center with Alden, Snyder, Floyd, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace and Michael Devaney, the MU professor leading the university’s investigation into the basketball program.
— Missourian reporters Joel Currier and S. Scott Rosenberg
contributed to this report.