Wednesday , Nov , 03 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Missouri basketball program sanctioned by NCAA

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) – The Missouri basketball program has been
placed on probation for three years and will face limits on recruiting,
scholarships and official visits for violating NCAA rules.

The case involved numerous recruiting violations, impermissible extra benefits
and a charge of failure by the institution and the coaching staff to
adequately monitor the men’s basketball program for rules compliance.

The university stressed that the majority of violations were isolated or
inadvertent, a claim the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions rejected.

“The men’s basketball staff had the benefit of extensive rules education and
proper compliance procedures,” the committee said in a released statement.
“Nevertheless, the men’s basketball staff took risks and pushed the limits
with respect to recruiting legislation, particularly while recruiting top
prospects. In too many cases, the limits on permissible recruiting activity
were exceeded.”

The committee made particular mention of how the basketball staff “took risks”
in recruiting Ricky Clemons at the center of this case. Clemons, who was
referenced in the infractions report as “the two-year college prospect,” was
recruited from a junior college and had a “troubled past,” the committee said.

While attending Missouri, Clemons was arrested and convicted of battering his
friend. After being removed from the team, he made several allegations of NCAA
rules violations against the university’s men’s basketball staff.

The committee ruled that Clemons had received gifts and other benefits,
including facilitating bail after his arrest.

The program was placed on probation for three years starting November 3, 2004,
and ending November 2, 2007. The team will remain eligible for postseason play
this season.

Also, the men’s basketball coaching staff is prohibited from off-campus
recruiting for one year, starting November 3, and scholarships were reduced
from 13 to 12 for the 2005-06 year and trimmed to 11 for the following year.

Official visits by potential recruits were also reduced from 12 to nine in the
next two seasons.