Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Snyder to return next season
By Andy Katz ESPN.com
The NCAA's investigation into former guard Ricky Clemons' allegations of extra benefits at Missouri will conclude within a few weeks, the NCAA told ESPN.com.
Once it is finished, Missouri will have 90 days to rebut the allegations. The NCAA might not hear the case in front of the committee on infractions until September. The June schedule apparently is full, and the committee doesn't handle more than two cases at a time.
Missouri athletic director Mike Alden told ESPN.com that Missouri coach Quin Snyder will be back next season, regardless of any violations the NCAA discovers. But Alden said Snyder would have to pay more attention to details in the Tigers' program and would also need to make some adjustments. Alden didn't elaborate on what those would be, saying he couldn't comment on personnel issues.
Also on Tuesday, in an interview on HBO, Clemons said he received money up to $500 at a time from the Missouri coaching staff but said he did not keep track of how much money he received in total.
Clemons, 23, was kicked off the Missouri team in July after he completed a jail term arising from two misdemeanor convictions for assaulting then-girlfriend Jessica Bunge. The NCAA has been investigating charges by Bunge that Clemons received money from the Missouri coaching staff. Tapes of Clemons' phone conversations from jail later revealed discussions of payments to Clemons and others.