Odom resigns, Harvey reportedly won't return

Updated: May 19, 2004, 10:32 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri basketball program failed to monitor NCAA compliance and violated multiple rules between 1999 and 2003, the organization said in a 19-page formal notice of allegations.

The notice was released by the school Tuesday. On Tuesday night, the university confirmed that assistant coach Lane Odom -- who led Missouri's recruiting of troubled former player Ricky Clemons and was implicated in several of the alleged NCAA violations -- was quitting.

Meanwhile, associate head coach Tony Harvey, the top assistant to head coach Quin Snyder, has been placed on paid suspension. Sources told the Kansas City Star that he will not return next season.

According to the NCAA's notice, one member of the athletic department staff, whose name was taken out of the letter, "failed at all times to maintain an environment of NCAA rules compliance."

The violations don't include anything related to academic dishonesty or fraud, the school said. If the allegations are validated by the NCAA's Infractions Committee, the school could face recruiting sanctions, including loss of scholarships or recruiting privileges.

Snyder apologized Tuesday for any mistakes he made.

"As I have acknowledged numerous times since this inquiry began, I realize mistakes have been made in the operations of our basketball program and I take full responsibility," he told a news conference in the university's alumni center. "At the conclusion of this entire process, when I can discuss the allegations, I will outline how we have improved and enhanced the Missouri basketball program."

Harvey is alleged to have given Clemons $250, an anonymous source familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. Harvey has denied the allegation. "My story isn't changing," he said Monday.

Odom did not return calls seeking comment Tuesday, but in a statement from the athletic department, he said he was resigning "to pursue other opportunities."

"It was important to me that I remain on staff at the University of Missouri until a notice of allegations outlining the NCAA's position was received and reviewed. It's now time for me to move forward," Odom said.

After a lengthy investigation, the NCAA threw out allegations that Clemons received improper academic help to get into Missouri because the charge couldn't be substantiated.

Other alleged violations between 1999 and 2003 included a breach of ethical conduct by a member of the athletic department staff in trying to conceal rule-breaking; providing meals and transportation for current athletes and recruits; out-of-season league play by team members; impermissible contacts with recruits; and impermissible meals for Amateur Athletic Union coaches.

The notice arrived at Missouri last Friday.

"The collaborative nature of the review between our team and the NCAA staff has been exemplary," Missouri athletics director Mike Alden said in a statement. "It is significant to note that no issues concerning institutional control were included in the notice of allegations."

University Chancellor Richard Wallace said Missouri will challenge some of the allegations by a July 1 deadline. A hearing has already been scheduled by the NCAA's Infractions Committee during its meetings Aug. 13-15 in Seattle.

Harvey and Snyder have said no Missouri coaches gave money to Clemons. In a television interview with HBO taped Feb. 21, Clemons replied "yes" when asked whether he had been paid by coaches at Missouri.

Clemons, who has moved to North Carolina, said he didn't know the total amount he received.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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