Missouri announces NCAA investigation

COLUMBIA, Mo. - NCAA officials have issued a formal letter notifying the University of Missouri-Columbia of their intent to conduct an investigation of the men's basketball program.

The NCAA's investiation of Missouri's men's basketball program is expected be completed by December.

University of Missouri System President Elson S. Floyd and University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Richard L. Wallace said that University officials are continuing to cooperate fully with the NCAA.

"Dr. Floyd and I are committed to maintaining the quality and integrity of the University's academic and athletic programs," Wallace said. "The NCAA inquiry and the internal investigation initiated earlier by the University will work in tandem to ensure that allegations about the men's basketball program receive a thorough and factual inspection."

The University of Missouri has been conducting its own internal investigation into allegations directed at the men's basketball program. On Aug. 25, Floyd appointed Michael J. Devaney, MU professor of electrical and computer engineering and former chair of the MU faculty council, to participate in the investigation.

"We have been working closely with the NCAA investigation team to date and believe that it is in the best interest of our University to continue this mutual cooperation throughout the period of inquiry," Devaney said.

"We're looking forward to continuing our cooperation with NCAA officials," said Mike Alden, director of intercollegiate athletics. "We believe this is a positive step in a healthy process, and it will help bring us closer to a conclusion. This notification does not substantively change the process, but simply formalizes our joint efforts that have already begun. We will continue to work collaboratively with the NCAA, as we have been since the first day of our internal efforts."

Head coach, Quin Snyder said, "We will continue to cooperate fully with the joint efforts of our MU information gathering team and the NCAA. The formal inclusion of the NCAA is a vital and very necessary step toward a resolution of this matter and we look forward to aiding the investigation in any way we can."

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