Banned Missouri booster says he meant no harm

AP News
Posted: Jan 19, 2016 7:39 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Georgia businessman who gave internships to several University of Missouri men's basketball players and ran afoul of NCAA rules says he "had good intentions and no ill intent."

The Columbia Daily Tribune ( reports that Christopher Mark Tuley admits that he's the unnamed employer accused of providing prohibited benefits to three players and one recruit in 2013 and 2014. The NCAA says the benefits included 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.

The internship allegations were among those that led the school to ban itself from the postseason this year and vacate all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season for failing to adequately monitor the program.