Harvey resigns amid accusations of NCAA violations

Updated: June 18, 2004, 4:11 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tony Harvey resigned Friday as the associate head basketball coach at Missouri, a month after he was accused of violating NCAA rules.

Harvey had been on paid leave pending the outcome of NCAA proceedings into the accusations, made after a lengthy investigation into the program.

In a statement issued by the Missouri athletic department, Harvey said "it is time for me to move to the next phase of my coaching career."

"My first priority is to continue to fully cooperate with the university and the NCAA in order to clear myself of false allegations that have been made against me during the recent NCAA investigation," Harvey, 37, said in the statement.

Harvey was traveling and unavailable for further comment, said his attorney, Stu Brown.

Brown said Harvey was "pursuing a number of opportunities in basketball, but at this time, it's not appropriate to comment on any specifics."

In a formal notice of allegations issued last month, the NCAA accused Harvey of giving troubled standout Ricky Clemons $250. Harvey has denied that allegation.

Harvey was also accused by the NCAA of treating high school and Amateur Athletic Union coaches to meals and then seeking reimbursement from the university by misrepresenting who received the meals.

The university is to formally respond to the allegations by July 1, and hearings by the NCAA's infractions committee are scheduled Aug. 13-15 in Seattle.

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