Home » Columns » Currently Reading:

College Quotebook 3

December 10, 2003 Columns No Comments

College Quotebook – December 3rd – December 10th

by Nicholas Lozito

Jailhouse Confessions

“When I first got here, they did, they did everybody. I mean, they do A.J. and Rickey. If they need money, they’d go to Harvey. He, he’d get it for ’em… But it was him first, and I stopped messing with him. I stopped talking to him and (expletive) and then went to Lane.”

— In recorded telephone conversations made from Boone County Jail and reported by The Columbia Daily Tribune, former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons claims that Tigers assistant coach Tony Harvey gave money to current players Arthur Johnson (A.J.) and Rickey Paulding. Clemons, who was then serving time for sexual assault, also said he received money from assistant coach Lane Odom.

“As I have said all along, I respect the process of the investigation and until the university and the NCAA reach the conclusion of this process, I will not comment on individual allegations or stories.”

— Missouri head coach Quin Snyder

“Just know it’s bigger than Tony Cole. He got a couple hundred dollars… That’s nothing. That’s a rain check.”

— Clemons, in a conversation from jail with Amy Stewart, a Missouri law student and wife of Missouri associate athletic director Ed Stewart, where he claims to have received more money than former Georgia player Tony Cole, who said he received hundreds of dollars from coaches and boosters, which eventually led to the downfall of Jim Harrick at Georgia.

The President and His Wife

“It has been a nightmare for me personally ever since the athletic department asked me to spend some time with him, and continues to be so. Carmento’s actions were well intentioned but ill-advised under the circumstances. Her contacts with him were against my advice and without my encouragement and support.”

— Missouri president Elson Floyd, who, along with his wife Carmento, have acted as mentors to Clemons. Clemons had telephone conversations from prison with Floyd’s wife, Carmento, who was advised by her husband not to speak with Clemons. Floyd has found himself under heavy scrutiny since the junior college transfer pled guilty to an assault charge in April. Clemons was accused of attacking Jessica Bulge, who described herself as his former girlfriend.

“And I ain’t talkin’ about no Delta Delta Delta, either,” said Carmento, referring to a nearly all-white sorority, “I’m talking about Delta Sigma Theta,” (a historically black sorority).

— Carmento Floyd, wife of Missouri president Elson Floyd, in a taped conversation with Rickey Clemons while he was in prison, discussing the type of woman Clemons will try and find after he is released from jail. Clemons’ former girlfriend, Jessica Bunge, is Caucasian.

Knight Fires Back

“This was just garbage, filthy garbage. If that’s what SMU produces, then they really ought to be proud of it.”

— Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight, 63, in a radio interview after Southern Methodist fans heckled him on December 1.

“I went over and told the policeman and said, ‘The next person that comes by there and calls us any one of three really rotten names, and I gave him the names, I’m going over to the stands and I’ll put him right in your lap.”

“I thought today about writing a letter to the president of SMU, but I’m sure that wouldn’t do any good. That must happen at every game, and he must condone that kind of thing.”

— Knight continued.

“That’s just life on the road.”

— SMU athletic director Jim Copeland in response to Knight’s comments

If Only Coaches Could Play

“Looking at Providence, they have some quality seniors. I think they have guys that are older than my assistants! I’m going to see if I can get Tyrone Weeks into the game against some of these guys.”

— Rhode Island coach Jim Baron jokes about entering assistant coach Tyrone Weeks into an upcoming game with Providence. Rhode Island went on to win the game 89-79.

Mic Check, Mic Check, 1-2-3

“Whose is this? It ran out, and I’m sure I’m going to say something profound, so I don’t want you to lose this opportunity.”

— Pennsylvania head coach Fran Dunphy, coming off a loss to Saint Joseph’s, realizes a tape recorder ran out during the post-game press conference.

“Are you a Penn Student? I thought you guys had like 1600 (SAT scores)… I was never agitated. I think those three guys were just absolutely wonderful.”

— St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli refutes a reporter’s comment that he was agitated by officials during the Hawk’s win over Penn.

Come across an interesting quote? You can forward it to College Quotebook by visiting our contact page. Please include the URL of the page the quote appeared on, and the quote itself. Thanks!


Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 by

In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

April 3, 2018 by

The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

April 2, 2018 by

Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we break d own the national semifinals, where one game went back and forth while the other was never really a ballgame thanks to an impressive performance for the ages by the winning team.

College Basketball Tonight – March 26, 2018

March 27, 2018 by

With the Final Four all set, we look back on the regional finals and ahead to the final games of the season. We are joined along the way by veteran writer Ken Davis and Towson head coach Pat Skerry for their insights as well.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.