NCAA places Missouri on probation

Nov. 3, 2004 at 7:30 PM
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COLUMBIA, Mo., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The NCAA placed the Missouri basketball program on probation for three years Wednesday as a result of multiple recruiting violations.

Missouri faces a reduction in scholarships plus limits on recruiting visits.

"The men's basketball staff had the benefit of extensive rules education and proper compliance procedures," a statement from the NCAA said. "Nevertheless, the men's basketball staff took risks and pushed the limits with respect to recruiting legislation, particularly while recruiting top prospects. In too many cases, the limits on permissible recruiting activity were exceeded."

The recruiting of center Ricky Clemons was at the heart of the NCAA's investigation. The NCAA said Clemons had received gifts and that the school assisted him in paying bail after an arrest for battery.

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