Snyder’s future at MU secure

Thursday, November 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:36 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Quin Snyder isn’t going anywhere.

Not only will NCAA sanctions restrict the MU coach from leaving Columbia on recruiting visits, but Snyder’s job has apparently never been safer.

University officials reiterated their faith in Snyder’s ability to run the Missouri basketball program during a news conference Wednesday.

“I have been consistent in my belief and support of Quin Snyder — absolutely — in managing our program,” Mike Alden, the MU athletic director, said. “He is a better manager and coach today. He is a person of unquestioned integrity that we are fortunate to have as our head basketball coach at the University of Missouri.”

The vote of confidence comes despite the NCAA findings released Wednesday that a lack of oversight played a role in a series of Missouri infractions over the past five years.

According to a statement from the NCAA, Snyder “failed at times to maintain rules of compliance among his staff.”

The NCAA found Snyder failed to adequately monitor for impermissible telephone calls, contacts with recruits, and meals and lodging for recruits.

In response to MU’s violations, the NCAA imposed a number of sanctions.

“I’ve never felt stronger about our program and our program’s ability to attract quality student athletes,” Snyder said. “The attraction to our program is right here in Columbia, when players meet our staff and the great young players on our team and enjoy the awesome experience of the Paige Arena.”

MU won’t appeal the NCAA findings, but Snyder still maintained most of the infractions were innocent mistakes rather than calculated maneuvers.

“I don’t believe, as I’ve stated, that those violations were committed with wrongful intent,” Snyder said. “What I’ve said and what Mike has said is that he has confidence in my integrity. We’ve got a great working relationship. I think one of the byproducts of this is that when you go through the fire with somebody, great things can be forged.”

Snyder did admit mistakes and infractions occurred.

“There was oversight,” Snyder said. “It just wasn’t efficient. What’s important for me is the recognition that I need to be more involved day to day in that area of my job.”

It will remain his job. Snyder is under contract until 2008. Under that contract, which he negotiated in 2003, Snyder earns a base salary valued at more than $1 million a year.

In response to the initial allegations, MU officials said Snyder’s contract will not be renegotiated, extended or amended until at least June 30, 2006. Snyder’s base salary will stay frozen until that time.

Despite rumors of internal conflict, MU officials presented a united front in the face of the NCAA findings.

“I have confidence in the entire leadership team,” UM System President Elson Floyd said. “Mike and I have a very strong relationship. Coach Snyder and I have a strong relationship. There was a lot of speculation about that, as there has been speculation about a lot of issues.”

Alden reiterated his support of Snyder, saying that the entire department is committed to moving forward now that the NCAA has reached a decision.

“There were rumors and innuendo out there in the public,” Alden said. “But, you know, Quin and I got together back in 1999. I first met him in Detroit in an airport, and we were fixing to hire a new basketball coach for the University of Missouri.

“Our relationship is extremely strong. It is one of trust. It is one of mutual respect and one of friendship. With that, it troubled me when I would hear that out in the public. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Quin. I have a tremendous amount of trust in him. I believe in him, and, frankly, I enjoy working with him very much.”

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