Floyd Responds to Curators

Monday, February 20, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:09 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd announced today that he has asked two “distinguished Missourians” to conduct a review of the circumstances surrounding the departure of former Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder.

The announcement comes four days after Angela Bennett, president of the UM Board of Curators, asked Floyd to conduct an independent investigation of the matter. An initial investigation, completed by MU Chancellor Brady Deaton was not satisfactory, according to several curators.

Jean Paul Bradshaw, a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri and a current Kansas City lawyer, and Dalton Wright, publisher of The Lebanon Daily Record and former president of the Missouri Press Association, will head the second investigation. It is scheduled to begin immediately.

“It is important for the university to determine what occurred on or about the date of Feb. 9, 2006, that precipitated the head basketball coach to meet with the team Feb. 10, 2006, to not be on the sidelines for the game on Feb. 12, 2006, and ultimately to resign on Feb.14, 2006,” Floyd wrote in a letter to Bradshaw and Wright.

Floyd, through spokesperson Joe Moore, has declined comment until the investigation is complete.

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