'We ... will continue to cooperate fully'

Updated: September 4, 2003, 4:30 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder broke his silence Tuesday and said he welcomes the intensified probe of his program that was ordered by the university president.

Snyder declined comment for weeks, but on Tuesday he said in a statement that he views the probe as "a vehicle to expedite and further validate the process we are going through right now as an athletic department."

On Monday, Missouri president Elson Floyd appointed engineering professor Michael Devaney to lead a "continuation, extension and amplification" of an investigation started in late July by the athletic department, after the ex-girlfriend of former Tigers point guard Ricky Clemons said he received improper academic help.

Floyd also directed the Devaney investigation to look at "the entire men's basketball program." Now, the athletic staffers and other university personnel involved in the investigation will answer to Devaney.

"We have cooperated and will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation that is being spearheaded by our compliance staff through its completion, and will await the findings of the investigation before commenting any further," Snyder said.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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