Clemons repays $20 for ATV ride

Updated: June 3, 2004, 3:18 AM ET
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Former Tigers guard Ricky Clemons was directed by the University of Missouri to pay $20 to charity as reimbursement for the all-terrain vehicle ride he took at the home of Missouri president Elson Floyd, reported the Columbia Daily Tribune in Wednesday's editions.

Clemons' reimbursement payment and those of other Missouri athletes, totaling more than $350, according to the newspaper, were a result of the impermissible benefits violations the university reported to the NCAA last year stemming from the men's basketball program.

Missouri contends that the infractions of the 13 athletes and one prospect over a four-year span were unintentional. The school nonetheless required the athletes to repay the costs of such impermissible benefits as Clemons' ride, various meals and other advantages because they violated NCAA regulations.

Missouri athletic department officials told the paper Tuesday that the payments were required so that the athletes in question could avoid being made ineligible.

In addition to Clemons' reimbursement, one athlete was directed to pay $5 for a sandwich he'd received at a tailgate party, and another paid $82.56 for reimbursement of four meals, according to the Daily Tribune. The Missouri report stipulated that Clemons' reimbursement cost was based on ATV rental rates. The former Mizzou star gave his $20 to a Columbia-area Boys & Girls Club, reports the newspaper.

While the NCAA allows "occasional" meals at the homes of staff members, according to the Missouri report most of the benefit violations involved meals given to players. The Daily Tribune reports that in five cases, athletes received free meals while out with recruits, meals paid for by the men's basketball staff.

Additionally, head coach Quin Snyder was reported to have given food and drinks to athletes on five occasions. After claiming they had received only sandwiches and sodas, each athlete was required to pay $3.98 to charity -- the reimbursement cost based on what comparable food would cost at a Subway chain store, according to the Daily Tribune.

Instead of payments being given to the university or to the source of the benefits, the NCAA allows the money to be donated to charity when reimbursement of such benefits is required.

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