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MU representatives face NCAA

MU officials to meet today with the NCAA to discuss basketball team allegations.
Friday, August 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:10 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

MU officials will appear in front of the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Committee on Infractions in Seattle today to discuss the NCAA allegations levied against the men’s basketball program in May.

University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd, athletics director Mike Alden, basketball coach Quin Snyder and members of an MU investigatory team are among those who made the trip.

“It’s one of those things we’re going to have to go through, and it will be great when it’s over,” said Elson Floyd, UM system president, Thursday in Seattle. “This is just the team triaging right now.”

The NCAA Enforcement Staff, which conducted the MU investigation, will present its findings and suggested penalties against MU to the committee at the meeting. Then MU, which conducted its own investigation headed by engineering professor Michael Devaney, will present its findings to the committee.

The infractions committee will take six to eight weeks after the meeting to make a final ruling on the case. Little, if any, public comment is expected on the hearing now. If the committee decides MU committed major violations, sanctions could range from recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions to a ban on postseason play.

The MU contingent to Seattle also included Chancellor Richard Wallace, Provost Brady Deaton and UM general counsel Marvin “Bunky” Wright.

The NCAA sent a notice of allegations to MU in May detailing 42 recruiting violations allegedly committed by the basketball staff. The most serious allegation was leveled against Harvey for allegedly paying $250 to former player Ricky Clemons. MU and Harvey have denied that allegation.

Other allegations state that Snyder and his assistants broke rules by making too many phone calls to recruits and providing them with excessive transportation and impermissible meals.

Harvey was also accused of buying meals for Amateur Athletic Union coaches.

Snyder was cited for “failure to monitor” NCAA rules compliance among his staff. The infractions committee may still upgrade that charge to “lack of institutional control,” which carries a more serious penalty.

MU did not contest most of the charges but said they should be considered secondary in nature. The school argued that many of the alleged violations occurred because of a lack of communication and understanding of certain rules among the coaches.

It also argued that NCAA rules pertaining to the number of permissible calls and meals that could be given to recruits was too strict.

Missourian reporter Scott Fontaine contributed to this report.


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