Friday, February 10, 2006

Norm Stewart, Where are You?

This has been on the horizon for some time, His program has had many issues in the few years he has been there, not the worst of which has been under achieving, the the worst - NCAA probation for 3 Years. I live in Big12/Big8 Country and I hate to see any of these teams programs slip so far, especially a storied program like Missouri's. Norm Stewart where are you?

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder
resigned Friday, one day after saying he planned to finish what had
become a disappointing season.
Associate head coach Melvin Watkins will guide the team the rest
of the season.
After a 10-5 start that culminated with an overtime win against
rival Kansas, the Tigers lost six straight. They've fallen to 3-7 -
and next-to-last - in the Big 12.
Snyder spoke to his team before practice Friday and said he was
leaving.
What he told us is, it's an opportunity to get back to playing
basketball. All the speculation was a heavy burden,'' sports
information director Dave Reiter said.
Snyder left after a seven-year stint, compiling a 126-91 record.
After playing at Duke and working as an assistant to coach Mike
Krzyzewski, Snyder was hired to replace the retiring Norm Stewart
and take Missouri to national prominence.
Snyder had 20-win teams in three of his first four seasons,
including an appearance in the final eight. But the Tigers were
only 42-42 since then, and attendance has dropped despite a new
arena that opened last season.
Snyder said before practice Thursday that he hadn't been asked
to resign and didn't plan to.
`I'm coaching my team, so I'm going to keep doing that until
someone tells me not to, keep working as hard as I can,'' Snyder
said at the time.
The program has also been marred by scandal. In 2004, it was
placed on NCAA probation for three years following questionable
activities surrounding former point guard Ricky Clemons. The school
avoided a ban from postseason play but was prohibited from
off-campus recruiting for one year.
Watkins is in his second season with Missouri after six seasons
as head coach at Texas A&M. Watkins also coached Charlotte to a
42-20 record from 1996-98, during which he had two NCAA tournament appearances.
Watkins' son, Marcus, also is a reserve for the Tigers.

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