Missouri tabs Melvin Watkins as associate head coach
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) – Former Charlotte and Texas A&M head
basketball coach Melvin Watkins was hired Monday as Missouri’s associate head
Watkins replaces Tony Harvey, who resigned Friday amid ongoing NCAA
investigations into alleged violations by the Tigers’ program.
“I am tremendously excited to join the University of Missouri Tigers coaching
staff and work with (head coach) Quin Snyder.” Watkins said. “He is a first
rate coach and I am eager to complement his efforts in bringing a championship
to Columbia, Missouri.”
Watkins, 49, resigned from Texas A&M at the conclusion of the 2003-04 season
in which the Aggies finished with a dismal 7-20 record and went 0-16 in the
Big 12 Conference. He compiled a 60-111 mark in six years at the school.
Prior to taking the head post at Texas A&M in 1998, Watkins spent two seasons
at Charlotte and amassed a 42-20 record at his alma mater. He led the 49ers to
the second round of the NCAA Tournament both years.
Watkins, who produced 15 Academic Big 12 selections during his tenure at Texas
A&M, brings a reputation of high integrity to a Missouri program riddled by
scandal in recent years. The University received a formal notice of
investigations from the NCAA last month regarding former player Ricky Clemons,
whom the NCAA accused Harvey of giving $250 dollars, as well as a number of
minor recruiting violations.
“The four most important qualities we were looking for in this coaching search
were: character; high-prioritization of academics; vast coaching and teaching
experience; and strong recruiting ability,” said Snyder. “Melvin Watkins
possesses all those qualities. In every conversation I had with people about
Melvin, they spoke of his great character and integrity.”