MU responses to NCAA allegations

Sunday, July 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:31 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

MU officials will meet with the NCAA infractions committee next month to review the entire case. After the review, the infractions committee will decide the severity of the charges and possible penalties.

1. Tony Harvey, associate men’s basketball coach, bought meals for 10 coaches affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union. Additionally, Harvey, head coach Quin Snyder, and assistant coach Lane Odom had several impermissible contacts with prospective student-athletes when they attended events in which the athletes participated.

MU response: Agrees Harvey bought meals for AAU coaches, but says he was acting as a public relations representative for the university and was trying to build relationships with the coaches. He was not trying to gain a recruiting advantage. There is conflicting evidence supporting some of Harvey’s alleged contacts, but the university does not deny the allegations. Snyder’s occasional hosting of meals in his home for prospective student-athletes does not constitute a violation.

2. Harvey, Snyder and Odom made several impermissible phone calls to recruits.

MU response: Agrees, saying mitigating factors existed in which there was a “lack of communication” between coaches about who was in contact with recruits. Many of the phone calls were responses to messages left with the basketball staff. Poor record-keeping resulted in these violations.

3. Odom arranged for a prospective student-athlete to stay

with a current MU athlete for about two weeks at no cost. Additionally, Odom and Snyder had impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes during practices.

MU response: Odom did not make the arrangement, but the prospective student-athlete did stay with the MU athlete for about two weeks. The prospective student-athlete did not store his belongings at the MU athlete’s apartment. Odom and Snyder admit some contact did occur with prospective student-athletes during practices.

4. MU basketball program members provided impermissible extra benefits to current MU athletes.

MU response: Snyder said he provided former player Ricky Clemons with shoes, sweatpants and flip-flops. Snyder said he was cleaning out his locker and planned to throw the items away or give them to charity. Because the items were given to Snyder for free, he saw no extra value in the items by giving them to Clemons, the response said.

5. Impermissible meals were provided to MU basketball players by Snyder and assistant coach Marcus Perez.

MU response: Disagrees Perez’s meals were impermissible under the “infrequent and special occasion” provision because they were only offered during a weekend home conference game on only five occasions. Snyder violated NCAA rules by offering more than the permissible amount of meals in home to student-athletes.

6. Basketball program members provided transportation to prospective student-athletes during their unofficial visits.

MU response: Agrees.

7. Due to administrative errors, a men’s basketball student-athlete was allowed to compete in more than one certified basketball league.

MU response: Agrees, though it was an “inadvertent violation.”

8. The MU football program staff in the summers of 1999 and 2000 failed to inform high school football coaches about what they could and could not do with discounts accredited them for attending an MU summer football camp. The discounts were supposed to be applied to the student attendees of the camp. Instead, some high school coaches applied it to their programs.

MU response: Agrees, but says not all of the high school coaches made the mistake.

9. Harvey acted contrary to ethical conduct when, concerning allegation 1, he misrepresented who received the meals on the expense report. Harvey also gave Clemons $250.

MU response: Harvey knew these people as Nike apparel representatives rather than coaches and did not intentionally misrepresent their affiliation with the AAU. The university disputes that Harvey gave Clemons $250, saying Clemons’ testimony is unreliable.

10. Snyder did not maintain an environment of NCAA rules compliance among his staff at all times.

MU response: Snyder on occasions did not ensure an adequate environment of compliance among his staff, but he did not lack a desire to do so.

— Compiled by Missourian reporters GRAHAM WOOD and CALEB MICHAEL SMITH

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