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Clemons earned nine credits in summer 2002

10/14/2003 - Missouri Tigers

PROVO, Utah -- A Brigham Young University investigation
found no irregularities in former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons'
three BYU correspondence courses in summer 2002.

"The department of independent study reviewed the
correspondence courses taken by Ricky Clemons to determine if the
department's procedures were followed correctly," university
spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. "BYU's procedures were followed
correctly."

Clemons, 23, earned nine credits from BYU during a two-month
period, receiving an A grade in "Family Interaction," and B's in
"Principles of Biology" and "Human Anatomy."

BYU officials independently opened a probe into Clemons' course
work because of allegations he cheated at Barton County Community
College in Kansas and Missouri University.

The allegations were made by his ex-girlfriend. Clemons served a
jail sentence after he admitted to choking the woman at his
Columbia, Mo., apartment in January.

Clemons earned 12 hours by attending classes at Barton,
completed the nine credits from BYU and added three credits through
a correspondence program at Adams State College in Colorado.

He went on to start all 32 games last season for Missouri, where
he averaged 14.2 points a game. He was dismissed from the team in
July after he violated the terms of his jail work release program.

Clemons' girlfriend alleged that he was given exam answers at
Barton County and that she witnessed a Missouri tutor write a paper
for him.

Jenkins said BYU has not been contacted by the University of
Missouri, police or the NCAA.

BYU spoke with the professors who monitored his course work and
two telephone interviews with the proctor who monitored his exams,
Jenkins said.

"The proctor did verify that all of BYU's proctoring procedures
were followed correctly," she said.

The proctor said Clemons' identity was verified before taking
the test, his tests were not opened prematurely and he did not use
unauthorized materials.

The proctor said he and Clemons remained in the room throughout
his exams and the proctor collected all the materials and mailed
them to BYU.

Clemons, a 5-foot-11 point guard, once scored 51 points against
Utah Valley State College while playing for the College of Southern
Idaho. During the summer of 2002, he needed to earn an associate
degree to become eligible to play for Missouri. Over a 60-day
period, he completed 20 credit hours from three institutions.