COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Former Missouri basketball player Ricky
Clemons enrolled again at the school as a general agriculture major
after being freed from jail.
Clemons signed up for the fall semester, the school's news
bureau said Wednesday. He is listed as a senior in the College of
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
The point guard was kicked off the team in July and his athletic
scholarship was revoked after a judge said he violated conditions
that allowed him to live in a halfway house.
Clemons pleaded guilty in April to charges of domestic assault
and false imprisonment. Former girlfriend Jessica Bunge said he
choked her in a headlock and detained her for more than an hour in
Last Sunday, Clemons completed a 60-day sentence for the false
imprisonment charge. He remains on two years' supervised probation for the domestic assault charge.
University president Elson Floyd said Wednesday he did not know
Clemons was enrolling for the fall.
"All I will say is that it's important for him to complete his
education, whether he does it here at the University of Missouri or
somewhere else," Floyd told The Associated Press.
Bryan Maggard, associate athletic director for academic
services, said his section of the athletic department had no role
in Clemons returning.
Sam Fleury, a spokesman for the men's basketball program, said
Clemons has no formal connection to the athletic department. Fleury
did not comment when asked if basketball personnel, including
Clemons' former coaches, privately helped getting the player back
Clemons transferred in mid-2002 to Missouri from Barton County
Community College in Great Bend, Kan.
The NCAA and Missouri are investigating accusations by Bunge
that Clemons received improper academic assistance, including
answers to exams at Barton and having academic work done for him at
Coach Quin Snyder and athletic director Mike Alden said they are
cooperating in both investigations.