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Snyder hopes Gilbert will ‘collect himself’

February 10, 2001

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— Missouri guard Clarence Gilbert didn't break the law and drugs weren't involved in his suspension, but Coach Quin Snyder revealed little else on Friday.

Snyder said he hoped that Gilbert, the fourth-leading scorer in the Big 12 with a 17-point average, would "collect himself and think about where he is."

Newspaper reports in Missouri quoted sources as saying Gilbert was suspended for insubordination. The school said in a statement that the suspension was for "undisclosed internal disciplinary reasons."

The media reports said Gilbert had a heated argument with associate head coach Tony Harvey after Wednesday's 70-66 victory over Kansas State.

Team spokesman Chad Moller said there was no single event that prompted the suspension.

Snyder, who read from a statement, said he would not elaborate.

"I don't believe in exacerbating the situation by doing anything that could be construed as grinding an ax in the media, and I'll expect my players to do the same," Snyder said. "This isn't a watershed event, frankly, this is part of coaching."

Snyder said it's too soon to say whether Gilbert will return.

Missouri (15-7, 6-3 Big 12) has 10 players left on the roster, including two walk-ons, and Snyder said he didn't know who would start in Gilbert's place. He used both point guards, senior Brian Grawer and freshman Wesley Stokes, at the same time often in the Kansas State game and both had season highs for points.

Snyder said Gilbert's suspension was unrelated to his decision to dismiss another player, reserve junior forward Kenge Stevenson. He also said no criminal activity or drugs were behind Stevenson's departure from the team.

The team attributed the dismissal of Stevenson, who appeared in nine games this season, to "undisclosed internal reasons."

The suspension of Gilbert and the loss of Rush leaves Missouri without half of its offense. Rush averages a Big 12-leading 21.9 points.

But Snyder insisted that his team wasn't sunk.

"If you think that this means we're quitting, you don't know me," he said. "It all doesn't go out the window."

MU defeated Kansas 75-66 on Jan. 29 at Columbia. The teams meet again March 4 at Allen Fieldhouse in the regular season finale.

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