Harvey leaves Tigers

After five years at Missouri, assistant coach resigns.
Sunday, June 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:06 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Fewer than two weeks before the Missouri basketball program will respond to the NCAA’s letter of allegations, another key member of the program resigned.

Tony Harvey, the associate head coach, resigned Friday afternoon, the basketball program announced in a release.

Assistant coach Lane Odom resigned May 11, hours after Missouri had released the findings of the NCAA’s investigative report.

Harvey said in the release that he made the decision to resign because the team’s four seniors have graduated and the four recruits have arrived on campus. The release also said Harvey wishes to continue coaching.

Reached by phone, Harvey hung up before any questions were asked.

“Obviously, the events of the last year have had an impact on Tony’s career, but he is confident that by continuing to cooperate with the university and the NCAA that he will be exonerated of the allegations against him,” said Stu Brown, Harvey’s attorney.

“He feels that this process has in the short term had a negative effect simply because there has been a tremendous amount of publicity devoted to the series of allegations, none of which have been established at this time.”

The NCAA’s report alleges Harvey gave former guard Ricky Clemons $250, which Harvey has denied. The report indicates Harvey made impermissible contacts or calls to prospective athletes.

Harvey also is identified as the coach who acted unethically when he bought meals for American Athletic Union coaches on several occasions. Harvey supposedly then misrepresented who received the meals so he could receive reimbursement from Missouri.

The university will respond formally to the NCAA’s allegations July 1 and attend hearings with the NCAA’s infractions committee Aug. 13-15 in Seattle.

Harvey played a crucial role in the recruitment of the Tigers’ incoming class, which consists of Marshall Brown, Glen Dandridge, Kalen Grimes and Jason Horton.

“I’ve only done good things with this program is my point,” Harvey said May 11. “I’ve only recruited high-character guys. We have four great kids coming in here next year. All great students. All qualified.”

Harvey, 37, who spent five years at Missouri as coach Quin Snyder’s chief recruiter, was suspended with pay May 11. Harvey was paid $140,000 per year, according to the Missouri Blue Book

Harvey, Snyder’s first coaching hire, became the Tigers’ top assistant in 2001.

He began his coaching career in 1989 as an assistant at Benton Harbor (Mich.) High. Harvey also assisted at Southern University, McNeese State, Compton (Calif.) Community College and Eastern Michigan.

Harvey, a South Bend, Ind., native, earned an associate’s degree from North Dakota State College of Science and then graduated in 1988 from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.

Marcus Perez is the only assistant left on Snyder’s coaching staff.

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