The independent investigation into the resignation of former MU head basketball coach Quin Snyder is complete and the investigators—attorney Jean Paul Bradshaw and newspaper publisher Dalton Wright—were expected to have it turned into the university Wednesday afternoon and a press conference is expected on Thursday afternoon.
The investigation stemmed from the MU Board of Curators desire to have a more thorough investigation than the one conducted by MU Chancellor Brady Deaton. There were conflicting stories leading up to Snyder’s resignation on February 9. Snyder claimed in his February 14 farewell press conference that Athletic Director Mike Alden sent Gary Link—a special assistant to the athletic director and MU radio broadcaster—to tell Snyder that he would be fired if he didn’t resign. Alden has contended that he sent Link to gauge Snyder’s mood and to see if he still wanted to continue coaching.
According to Deaton’s report, all parties were telling what they believed to be the truth and chalked the conflicting stories up to miscommunication.
The Board of Curators interest was piqued when Snyder said Deaton, MU President Elson Floyd and Don Walsworth— who is one of the nine people on the Board of Curators—all knew about and approved of Alden’s decision to fire him. All three have denied knowledge of the plan and Alden still denies that he had made a decision one way or the other concerning Snyder’s future.
Snyder said during his press conference that he was not going to speak any further on the matter and didn’t. His lawyer was contacted asking for Snyder’s cooperation in the independent investigation and declined.