Moving past a tumultuous week
"Guys, this has been going on for a long time," he said. "This didn’t just like last week they call up and say, ‘We’re going to do this.’ This has been a process that, at least in my life, has been going on I don’t know, October, November a year ago, maybe even sooner. I can’t even remember when it started, so it’s just been an ongoing (thing).
"I just want it over with. I just want it over with so I can coach basketball and I can manage my team the way I want to manage my team, and I can do what I need to do to be a good basketball coach. It’s not over. But it’s a couple of months away, and we’ve gotten things out."
Anderson indicated he’s happy the investigation became public, but only because of what comes next in the process: resolution.
"I’m glad it’s out there," he said. "I’m glad it’s out there because that means it’s almost going to be done pretty soon. It’s just not going to drag on forever and ever, so at some point, it will come to" where "they’ll release the document. … We’ll all analyze it and talk about it, and then it’ll be done.
Turns out, the Tigers handled the adversity much better than most anticipated. Despite Missouri's 81-72 loss, it was a game that could have easily gotten away from the Tigers after falling behind by 13 early. Led by a career-high 26 points from Wes Clark, the Tigers were very competitive, challenging a top-25 team on the road until the final minute.
Missouri players said the team put the disappointment of the self-imposed postseason ban behind them once the game started. "In our mind, it was kind of yesterday's news when the ball tipped off tonight," said forward Ryan Rosburg, the team's lone senior.
New details emerged Monday about the internship program that led to self-sanctions. Mizzou booster Mark Tuley, identified last week by the Post-Dispatch as the unnamed Representative No. 1 in MU’s list of violations, explained to the Columbia Daily Tribune how he employed multiple Mizzou players as interns at T3 Solutions, a company in Martinez, Ga., during the summer of 2013 and 2014 — with the understanding that MU’s compliance department approved of the internships. [...]
Among the documents Tuley shared with the Tribune was an email from Mizzou associate athletics director of compliance Mitzi Clayton to Anderson from May 2014, informing the coach that players would be returning to Tuley’s internship.
"I reiterated to Mark that the (student-athletes) can be paid only for work actually performed and he assured me that they were earning their pay only for hours worked," the email to Anderson stated.
Tuley said he did not closely monitor the players while they researched and wrote the papers nor keep track of how many hours of the two-week program were spent completing the papers.
It is unclear what questions Missouri’s compliance staff asked about the type of work that would be done by the players before the internship started or what answers Tuley provided to questions that were asked. He said he does not remember providing much information about the work requirements of the internship program other than a one-page questionnaire and a written summary before it started.
Tuley also said he wasn’t aware of any NCAA problems with the internship program in 2013, so he operated the program the same way in 2014. [...]
Tuley, who also was cited for a minor violation for multiple impermissible recruiting contacts with a recruit and paying for a meal for a nonscholastic coach, said he spoke to NCAA investigators for two hours last spring. He said he was left with the impression that they were pursuing information to tie Haith to violations.
"I didn’t have much to do with Frank Haith, so I really couldn’t help them with that," Tuley said.
I think one of the biggest problems I have with Mike Alden's administration is the fact that he and his staff seemed to freak out and start burning bridges left and right when a problem came up. And maybe that's the way it's got to be when you're dealing with compliance and rules and trying to commit the fewest possible number of violations -- you know they're out there, and when you find something, you have to completely disassociate yourself at the first given opportunity. But ... the response of the athletic department to both Tuley and some of these violations seems strange.
To use Godfather parlance ... Alden was a wonderful peacetime athletic director. He wasn't much of a wartime athletic director.
Hey, how's David Yost doing?
Hoke is expected to be cleared by the end of the holiday weekend to hit the recruiting trail, less than three weeks before national signing day on Feb. 3. On the road he'll join fellow UO newcomer David Yost, who will coach quarterbacks. Helfrich called Yost and Hoke "unbelievable recruiters," whose track record includes, for Hoke, signing two Rivals-rated top-seven classes at Michigan and, for Yost, landing former national No. 1 recruit Dorial Green-Beckham while at Missouri.
But what also factored heavily into their hirings was their experience above their current pay grades. Though each expressed a desire to "come to a place where they were kind of right in their groove" with streamlined roles — for Yost, it's developing quarterbacks; for Hoke, it's drilling into a brand-new 4-3 defense — each new hire has experience that Helfrich termed "invaluable."
Prior to coaching inside receivers at Washington State the past three seasons, Yost was a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Missouri. At Oregon, he'll assist with newly promoted offensive coordinator Matt Lubick, who had never called plays before the Alamo Bowl. Hoke's head coaching experience was especially attractive for Helfrich as he navigates the exit of a 9-4 season, his third in charge at UO.