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Harvey resigns amid accusations of NCAA violations

6/18/2004 - Missouri Tigers

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.