'We ... will continue to cooperate fully'

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder broke
his silence Tuesday and said he welcomes the intensified probe of
his program that was ordered by the university president.

Snyder declined comment for weeks, but on Tuesday he said in a
statement that he views the probe as "a vehicle to expedite and
further validate the process we are going through right now as an
athletic department."

On Monday, Missouri president Elson Floyd appointed engineering
professor Michael Devaney to lead a "continuation, extension and
amplification" of an investigation started in late July by the
athletic department, after the ex-girlfriend of former Tigers point
guard Ricky Clemons said he received improper academic help.

Floyd also directed the Devaney investigation to look at "the
entire men's basketball program." Now, the athletic staffers and
other university personnel involved in the investigation will
answer to Devaney.

"We have cooperated and will continue to cooperate fully with
the investigation that is being spearheaded by our compliance staff
through its completion, and will await the findings of the
investigation before commenting any further," Snyder said.