Former point guard enrolled as agriculture major

Updated: August 27, 2003, 2:08 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons enrolled again at the school as a general agriculture major after being freed from jail.

Clemons signed up for the fall semester, the school's news bureau said Wednesday. He is listed as a senior in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

The point guard was kicked off the team in July and his athletic scholarship was revoked after a judge said he violated conditions that allowed him to live in a halfway house.

Clemons pleaded guilty in April to charges of domestic assault and false imprisonment. Former girlfriend Jessica Bunge said he choked her in a headlock and detained her for more than an hour in his apartment.

Last Sunday, Clemons completed a 60-day sentence for the false imprisonment charge. He remains on two years' supervised probation for the domestic assault charge.

University president Elson Floyd said Wednesday he did not know Clemons was enrolling for the fall.

"All I will say is that it's important for him to complete his education, whether he does it here at the University of Missouri or somewhere else," Floyd told The Associated Press.

Bryan Maggard, associate athletic director for academic services, said his section of the athletic department had no role in Clemons returning.

Sam Fleury, a spokesman for the men's basketball program, said Clemons has no formal connection to the athletic department. Fleury did not comment when asked if basketball personnel, including Clemons' former coaches, privately helped getting the player back into school.

Clemons transferred in mid-2002 to Missouri from Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan.

The NCAA and Missouri are investigating accusations by Bunge that Clemons received improper academic assistance, including answers to exams at Barton and having academic work done for him at Missouri.

Coach Quin Snyder and athletic director Mike Alden said they are cooperating in both investigations.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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