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Deaton releases findings of investigation

Thursday, February 16, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:04 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

In a statement released this afternoon, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said he finished his investigation into the circumstances surrounding the departure of former men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder.

Athletic Director Mike Alden and MU basketball radio announcer Gary Link have been at the center of the controversy in the wake of Snyder’s resignation. Deaton said he will work with Alden on the communications process of athletic department and will be making recommendations to improve communication in the future.

Deaton was asked by UM System President Elson Floyd to investigate the matter on Tuesday.

Deaton released this five-paragraph statement:

“I have completed my review in response to President Elson Floyd’s request and have given him a verbal report regarding my assessment of the decision process preceding Quin Snyder’s resignation. The President emphasized that this is a campus matter and that I should proceed as I deem appropriate.

“Each party involved in this issue was well aware of the expectations concerning the performance of the basketball team, and that these expectations had been conveyed to former Head Basketball Coach Quin Snyder on more than one occasion. My assessment is that each of the three principal people involved sought to bring the process to a reasonable conclusion. Individual perceptions differ somewhat, but the facts remain consistent.

“As he explained in his news conference, Quin Snyder had the option to continue as head basketball coach until the end of the season or to resign. Tuesday night he gave his reasons for resigning. I have great respect for him and the reasons he gave for making this decision.

“I am, however, very concerned about the negative image that has been created for the University due to poor communications surrounding the process. As a result of my review, I plan to work with Athletic Director Mike Alden to improve the athletic department’s internal and external communications processes, and I will be making recommendations to improve future communications.

“This completes a difficult decision-making process for Mizzou. Everyone involved with this issue had the best interests of the University at heart, and that includes Mike Alden, Gary Link and Quin Snyder. It is time to move ahead, and Athletic Director Mike Alden and Interim Head Coach Melvin Watkins have my support. I plan to work closely with Mike and the Athletic Department staff to assess the basketball program and its future as we anticipate the search for a new basketball coach.”


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