Two MU men’s basketball coaches will be absent from the team’s summer recruiting schedule. One might return this fall. The other has resigned.
Within hours of being implicated in suspected NCAA violations Tuesday, assistant coach Lane Odom submitted his resignation and associate coach Tony Harvey was suspended with pay at least until MU faces the NCAA infractions committee in August.
Odom said in a statement he wanted to remain on the staff until after the NCAA released the notice of allegations.
Harvey, 37, joined the Tigers five years ago as coach Quin Snyder’s first hired coach. Harvey became the Tigers’ top assistant, earning the title of associate coach in 2001. Recently, coaches around the country viewed Harvey as one of the top recruiters.
The 2003-04 Missouri basketball yearbook called him “a chief engineer” of Missouri’s recruiting process.
“I’ve only done good things with this program is my point,” Harvey said. “I’ve only recruited high-character guys. We have four great kids coming in here next year. All great students. All qualified.”
Harvey said that although he recruited the Tigers’ four incoming recruits, Marshall Brown, Glen Dandridge, Kalen Grimes and Jason Horton, he did not have a role in the recruitment of former guard Ricky Clemons.
The Kansas City Star reported Monday that Harvey gave Clemons $250, but Harvey denied that allegation in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Before coming to the Tigers, Harvey held several assistant positions, beginning in 1989 as an assistant at Benton Harbor (Mich.) High School. He also coached at Southern University, McNeese State, Compton (Calif.) Community College and Eastern Michigan University.
Originally from South Bend, Ind., Harvey played on the Benton Harbor High basketball team before graduating in 1983. He headed to Louisiana Tech for one year, earned his associate’s degree from North Dakota State College of Science and graduated in 1988 from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.Odom, 37, the son of South Carolina coach Dave Odom, leaves MU after four years. He worked with the team’s perimeter players. He spent 11 years in college basketball before coming to MU.
Odom earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1989 from High Point University in High Point, N.C., where he also played basketball. After graduating, he spent time at Wake Forest University, Alabama, East Carolina and North Carolina-Charlotte.
According to the 2003-04 Missouri Yearbook, Odom was instrumental in recruiting; he produced a top-25 recruiting class in 1998 while at East Carolina.