The University of Missouri paid more than $136,000 to two basketball coaches accused of breaking NCAA rules in exchange for their resignations and pledges never to sue, documents obtained by the Associated Press show.
Missouri had no legal obligation to pay anything to associate head coach Tony Harvey or assistant coach Lane Odom. Coach Quin Snyder confirmed to the AP that neither had a contract.
The university president's office referred questions about the payments to Athletic Director Mike Alden. Alden declined to comment yesterday through spokesman Chad Moller, who said the payments were tied to the NCAA investigation and that Alden is bound by confidentiality rules.
Harvey was accused by the NCAA of lying on his expense account to conceal impermissible meals for high school and Amateur Athletic Union coaches, violating recruiting rules and giving former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons $250. Harvey has denied the allegations. Odom was accused of various recruiting violations. . . .
The University of Massachusetts agreed to suspend football coach Don Brown for this season's first three games and issued a public apology to Northeastern for recruiting and hiring him away, all part of a settlement ending a lawsuit.
Northeastern said it will receive $150,000 from U-Mass. for the cost of recruiting a replacement for Brown, who was under contract to Northeastern when he agreed in February to take over at its Atlantic 10 rival.
* BASEBALL: With little fanfare, Major League Baseball and its players have banned the use of androstenedione, the steroid-like substance made famous by Mark McGwire when he hit 70 home runs in 1998.
The ban, which began this season, was never announced by the commissioner's office or the players' association. Robert DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, referred to it during a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Associated Press Sports Editors in Philadelphia.
* OLYMPICS: Two-time Olympic medalist Marty Nothstein and returning Olympian Erin Mirabella were among the seven riders nominated by USA Cycling to compete in the Athens Games.
Nothstein, the men's sprint gold medalist at Sydney in 2000 and a silver medal winner in the same event at Atlanta in 1996, leads a team of five U.S. men's track riders.
Other American men on the roster include Colby Pearce, Adam Duvendeck, Giddeon Massie and Christian Stahl.
Mirabella, who was eighth in the individual pursuit race in Sydney, will be joined on the two-rider women's roster by Jennie Reed.
* BOXING: Mike Tyson will have to fight -- and fight often -- to get out of debt, despite the prospect of a $14 million payment from Don King to settle his claims against the promoter.
Tyson will drop his $100 million suit against King in exchange for the payment, but the former heavyweight champion will see none of the money. It will go toward paying some $38.4 million Tyson owes to various creditors, the Internal Revenue Service and his ex-wife, Monica.
To pay off the rest, Tyson's attorneys have laid out a plan in federal bankruptcy court in New York under which Tyson will fight seven times over the next three years.
* CYCLING: World champion cyclist David Millar of Britain was barred from next week's Tour de France after he was implicated in a doping investigation.
-- From News Services