Banned Missouri booster says he meant no harm in benefits scandal

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It looks like one man who was nearly responsible for some big NCAA violations for the Missouri Tigers has stepped forward. He said that he was in no way trying to violate any rules when he gave three former players and a recruit illegal benefits in 2013 and 2014.

According to the Columbia Tribune, Christopher Mark Tuley admitted to being the person accused of these violations. Tuley had been accused of giving four students involved with the Missouri basketball program compensation for work not done through a summer intern program, along with housing, $520 cash, local transportation, iPads, meals and use of a local gym according to an internal review by the school that took nearly two years.

In the same breath that Tuley admitted to these accusations, he said that his intentions were pure and weren’t meant to hurt anyone.

“I think I made it clear that there were things that maybe could have been done differently,” Tuley said. “We had good intentions and no ill intent.”

In 2013, players Jordan Clarkson and Tony Criswell and team manager Ricky Bolton were employed as interns by T3 Solutions. The following year, player Cam Biedscheid, incoming freshman Jakeenan Gant and student manager Patrick Holman interned there.

This is certainly an interesting story that will likely be investigated even further. I’d expect there to be even more repercussions for the Tigers than just this booster being banned from the program.

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