Snyder optimistic about future in speech to boosters

Updated: October 14, 2003, 7:57 PM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Quin Snyder, under fire yet upbeat with the Missouri men's basketball team under NCAA investigation, received two standing ovations Tuesday in an appearance before boosters.

Snyder got the first ovation before speaking to the Missouri Tiger Club for almost an hour on a variety of topics. He got the second at the close of his remarks, which included a question-and-answer format.

"As much as we've been through, it just feels good," Snyder said. "This is terrific."

Snyder wouldn't talk about specifics of the investigation, but said several times that the school was fully cooperating. The school expects the investigation, prompted by Missouri's relationship with former point guard Ricky Clemons, to be complete by December.

"Nobody's running from this investigation," Snyder said. "We are absolutely cooperating to the 'nth' degree of our ability.

"It's very difficult to say this is a good thing, but I think there is an opportunity in this ... to really move forward and keep building."

The administration remains solidly behind Snyder, who has led the Tigers to four straight NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in school history. Two of the school's curators were in the audience of several hundred.

"I don't think there's any question that support is as high as it's ever been," athletic director Mike Alden said. "He has a great commitment to Mizzou and Mizzou has a great commitment to him.

"He and I really enjoy working together."

Previously, Snyder had been silent during the investigation. Seizing on the forum with school boosters, he touted all aspects of a program that could be ranked in the top five and noted that after this season the school will be 14-for-14 in seniors graduating since he arrived.

"I think we do that better than anybody in the country," Snyder said. "I have no problem saying that."

During his speech, Snyder referred to the "fog burning off" at some point. Afterwards, he elaborated on his positive feeling.

"I know all the good things we're doing," Snyder said. "I know our commitment to building a program this whole state can be proud of, that is graduating our guys and is competitive and having kids with high character."

Snyder's response to adversity is staying as focused on the team as possible.

"As a leader, that's how I need to be," Snyder said. "When you've got the kind of guys we have, it makes it a lot easier.

"If you want to dwell on those things, they can eat at you."

So far, Snyder said the school's problems have not harmed recruiting efforts. He said emphasizing the school's success rate graduating players has been helpful.

"We've tried to be unbelievably forthright with kids we're recruiting about the situation we find ourselves in," Snyder said.

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