UM Curators president asks for new investigation

Friday, February 17, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:40 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008

Angela Bennett, the UM System Board of Curators president, has asked UM System President Elson Floyd for an additional investigation into the Athletic Department’s handling of the Quin Snyder resignation.

Bennett echoed the concerns of fellow curators David Wasinger and Doug Russell in calling for an independent counsel. Chancellor Brady Deaton, after concluding his own investigation Thursday, released a statement citing poor communication in the process that saw a chain of conversations between Athletic Director Mike Alden and assistant Gary Link, and between Link and Snyder. It failed to outline what Deaton did or who he spoke to, and also failed to ascertain how former Missouri men’s basketball coach - Snyder - came to believe his future termination had already been determined when Alden says it was not. Wasinger, Russell and now Bennett have all expressed disappointment in the lack of specificity the report included.

“I was not satisfied with the content of the statement that the Chancellor issued,” Bennett said.

She said she had not, and didn’t intend to speak with Deaton, but had spoken with Floyd.

“I have suggested to President Floyd that we have, or he institute a comprehensive review of this entire matter by an independent third party.” Bennett said Floyd had not made a decision on her request, and that therefore she could not “disclose” a time frame of when a potential new investigation would take place.

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