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Quin Snyder fortunate to have second chance

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May 18, 2004
Missouri coach Quin Snyder has to be thankful that he'll have the opportunity to remain on the sidelines for the Tigers. He apparently has survived the 17 allegations against him that were revealed in the NCAA's formal notice of rules violations against Missouri.

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Coach Quin Snyder will be able to keep shouting instructions from the Missouri sidelines.
Among the allegations were gifts to Ricky Clemons, including two pairs of pants and a pair of flip-flops, all received originally as promotional items.

The bottom line is, the sacrificial lambs in this case were assistants Lane Odom (who already resigned) and Tony Harvey (who reportedly will not return).

Snyder has to grasp this opportunity and make the most of it. He's a young guy who I really believe is a quality person. I watched him grow as a player and as an assistant at Duke, and now he has the chance to rebuild his reputation.

In this instance, Snyder made bad decisions with people he recruited.

The Clemons situation has been a nightmare for him and the Missouri program. Coaches have to be accountable for their actions, and he's very fortunate that Missouri is giving him another opportunity.

Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979 (he has been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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