Clemons seeks admission to N.C. college

Sunday, July 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:38 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Ricky Clemons, a former Missouri basketball player, has not joined the men’s basketball team at Livingstone College in North Carolina, Livingstone’s coach said.

Coach James Stinson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Saturday’s edition that reports in other publications that Clemons had joined the team were incorrect.

“To my knowledge Ricky isn’t even enrolled in school here,” Stinson said. “Ricky is not a member of the basketball team, and he and I have not discussed him joining it.”

Clemons has applied for admission to the school, a school official said Saturday.

“He has applied to be a student,” sports information director Adrian Ferguson said.

Clemons has not been accepted for enrollment, Ferguson said.

“Probably the first couple of weeks of August, admissions will be finalizing new enrollment,” he said.

Ferguson said the university probably would not be able to offer Clemons an athletic scholarship because no basketball scholarships are available.

A newspaper in North Carolina reported Friday that Clemons played in a benefit basketball game Thursday at Livingstone, a religious college in Salisbury, N.C., and said Clemons would play at the school in the coming season.

David Shaw’s story with the headline, “Clemons going from Missouri to Livingstone” appeared in the Friday edition of the Salisbury Post.

According to Ronnie Gallagher, the Post’s sports editor, Shaw said Livingstone women’s basketball coach Andrew Mitchell said Clemons would attend the school.

“I didn’t say (Clemons enrolled at Livingstone),” Mitchell said Saturday. “I don’t know if he has even been accepted at Livingstone.”

“Maybe I said something that led them to believe that, but I didn’t say that he had signed with Livingstone. I don’t recall saying that.”

Mitchell said Clemons had never mentioned wanting to enroll at Livingstone.

Clemons’ allegations of former coaches at Missouri paying him are at the center of an unresolved NCAA investigation.

Clemons was released from the Missouri basketball program after serving 60 days in a Boone County jail for assault and false imprisonment. He had his probation transferred from Missouri to North Carolina in January.

Mitchell said he met Clemons through friends and asked Clemons to coach at the basketball camp of Sacramento Kings guard Bobby Jackson, which the school hosted. Clemons coached children 7 to 10. Mitchell said Clemons was named counselor of the year.

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