Archive for Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Snyder: MU cooperating

Probe completion expected by December

October 15, 2003

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— Quin Snyder, under fire yet upbeat with the Missouri men's basketball team under NCAA investigation, received two standing ovations Tuesday in an appearance before boosters.

Snyder received the first ovation before speaking to the Missouri Tiger Club for almost an hour on a variety of topics. He got the second at the close of his remarks, which included a question-and-answer format.

"As much as we've been through, it just feels good," Snyder said. "This is terrific."

Snyder wouldn't talk about specifics of the investigation, but said several times that the school was fully cooperating. The school expects the investigation, prompted by Missouri's relationship with former point guard Ricky Clemons, to be complete by December.

"Nobody's running from this investigation," Snyder said. "We are absolutely cooperating to the 'nth' degree of our ability.

"It's very difficult to say this is a good thing, but I think there is an opportunity in this ... to really move forward and keep building."

The administration remains solidly behind Snyder, who has led the Tigers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in school history. Two of the school's curators were in the audience of several hundred.

"I don't think there's any question that support is as high as it's ever been," athletic director Mike Alden said. "He has a great commitment to Mizzou, and Mizzou has a great commitment to him. He and I really enjoy working together."

Previously, Snyder had been silent during the investigation. Seizing on the forum with school boosters, he touted all aspects of a program that could be ranked in the top five.

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