Friday , Jun , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Missouri assistant resigns amidst violations

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) – The University of Missouri announced on
Friday that Tony Harvey resigned his position as associate head basketball
coach.

The news comes as no surprise as Harvey had been on paid leave pending the
decision of NCAA proceedings into the accusations made last month after an
investigation into the program.

“I am resigning as associate head coach,” said Harvey, who was with the Tigers
since 1999. “My experience at Missouri has been tremendous, particularly my
relationships with the young men I’ve recruited and coached who have achieved
great success on and off the court.

In a formal notice of allegations issued last month, the NCAA accused Harvey
of giving former player Ricky Clemons $250 dollars. There were also a number
of minor violations that were uncovered, most of which had to do with
recruiting.

“Now that this season’s seniors have participated in their graduation
ceremonies and next season’s freshmen have arrived on campus to begin their
Missouri careers, it is time for me to move to the next phase of my coaching
career,” said Harvey. “My first priority is to continue to fully cooperate
with the University and the NCAA in order to clear myself of the false
allegations that have been made against me during the recent NCAA
investigation.”

The school is expected to challenge some of the allegations by a July 1
deadline. Then the NCAA Infractions Committee will meet from August 13-15 when
it will consider the University’s response. University officials continue to
be bound by NCAA confidentiality requirements and are unable to comment on
specific allegations at this time.

“Tony was a tireless contributor to our basketball program the last five
years,” said head coach Quin Snyder. “He was an integral part of the initial
foundation we established here at Missouri and has helped develop our players
both on and off the court. For all of his efforts, I am extremely thankful.”

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