MU discusses NCAA allegations

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:41 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

MU's men's basketball program broke numerous NCAA rules from 1999 to 2003, according to the NCAA's 19-page official notice of allegations released this morning during a news conference at MU's Reynolds Alumni Center.

No violations of academic fraud are listed in the NCAA's report. The report says that from 1999 to 2003, members of the basketball program bought meals and had impermissible contact with recruits. Other allegations include unethical conduct by an athletic department staff member and offseason league play by team members.

The NCAA dismissed the allegation that former MU guard Ricky Clemons received improper academic help.

Associate coach Tony Harvey is accused of giving Clemons $250, which coach Quin Snyder said he considers a "serious allegation."

MU's athletic department plans to formally respond to the allegations by July 1 and appear before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions from Aug. 13-15 in Seattle.

Chancellor Richard Wallace, Athletic Director Mike Alden, Snyder, engineering professor Michael Devaney and UM system President Elson Floyd led the press conference.

"I am very much relieved that we did not substatiate any charges of academic fraud at MU," said Devaney, who led the university's investigation into the men's basketball program.

Alden would not speculate on whether the allegations, if validated, will result in major or minor violations. If proved, the basketball program could lose scholarships and face recruiting sanctions.

Alden also declined to discuss any personnel changes within the men's basketball program.

The names of all basketball students involved and UM staff members were blacked out of the report in compliance with federal privacy law, Floyd said. The decision to black out the names of athletic department staff was "personnel-driven," he said.

Alden and Snyder apologized to fans, faculty, alumni, students and supporters of the University of Missouri's basketball program for the problems that have plagued the basketball team.

"I recognize that mistakes have been made in the operation of our basketball program," Snyder said. "And I sit here before you today and take full responsibility for the commission of those mistakes."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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