Incoming recruits still loyal to Tigers

Despite NCAA’s findings, Marshall Brown says he isn’t changing his mind.
Thursday, May 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:22 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

Marshall Brown, an incoming recruit, said Wednesday he remains loyal to the Missouri men’s basketball program despite the release of the NCAA’s investigative findings.

Brown, a 6-foot-6 forward from Austin, Texas, said he is excited to come to Missouri to play basketball next season. Brown’s support of the program comes a day after the suspension of associate head coach Tony Harvey, who recruited him.

Brown said, though, the possible absence of Harvey has not greatly diminished his view of Missouri.

“It’s kind of hard because he’s the one that recruited me,” Brown said. “He’s the one that brought me there, but at the same time, I’m not going there just because he is there.

“I went there because I like the program, I like the coaches. I like a lot of the players that are going there with me. I’ve kind of got mixed feelings on that one.”

Harvey declined an interview request Wednesday. Harvey reportedly gave former guard Ricky Clemons $250, according to unnamed sources in a Kansas City Star story. This allegation appears as allegation 4-D in the NCAA’s 19-page notice of allegations released Tuesday, though, MU redacted the names of involved parties.

Harvey, who was coach Quin Snyder’s top assistant, denied these claims Tuesday night in an interview with the Missourian.

Assistant coach Lane Odom also resigned Tuesday night.

Daryl Horton, whose son Jason will also join the Tigers next season, said the Hortons have had some concerns because of Harvey’s suspension. Jason Horton could not be reached for comment.

Daryl Horton said despite the concern he doubted his son would change his opinion about Missouri.

“That was one of the things that attracted Jason to Missouri, the relationship he had built, not just with Coach Harvey, but with Coach Snyder,” Daryl Horton said. “The two of them together is what made Missouri attractive to both of us. We just looked at them like they were two good guys. He was looking forward to enjoying the fact he was going to get coached by both of them.

“He chose Missouri because he liked Missouri even with all this other stuff. He still feels like things will work out.”

During Brown’s recruitment, he said he never heard of nor received anything that would violate NCAA recruiting legislation.

“They knew they were under (investigation),” Brown said. “They were scared to do anything at all. They didn’t want to do anything that would risk them getting into more trouble than they were already in.”

The NCAA also said, in allegation 1-A, that a member of the program provided impermissible meals for 10 individuals playing in the Amateur Athletic Union on 31 occasions. Brown said he had no contact with Missouri personnel while he played AAU basketball.

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