Tony Harvey resigns

Controversial assistant head basketball coach, Tony Harvey, resigned today in the wake of the current NCAA investigation and a disappointing 2004 season.

The first casualty of the recent troubles with the basketball program at Missouri was Lane Odom, who resigned about a month ago.

After spending a month on paid administrative leave, Tony Harvey has resigned his position as associate head basketball coach at the University of Missouri.

Harvey said, "Today I am resigning as associate head coach. My experience at Missouri has been tremendous, particularly my relationships with the young men I've recruited and coached who have achieved great success on and off the court.

Now that this season's seniors have participated in their graduation ceremonies and next season's freshmen have arrived on campus to begin their Missouri careers, 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 the false allegations that have been made against me during the recent NCAA investigation," he said.

Head coach Quin Snyder had this to say about Harvey's resignation, "Tony was a tireless contributor to our basketball program the last five years. He was an integral part of the initial foundation we established here at Missouri and has helped develop our players both on and off the court. For all of his efforts, I am extremely thankful."

Harvey's resignation clears the way for the Tigers to hire two new assistant coaches in preparation for next season.

Former Texas A&M head coach, Melvin Watkins, has been rumored to be one possible replacement. Snyder has also been in touch with at least four other candidates as well.


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