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Wes Clark says he quit MU basketball team, which maintains he was dismissed

Missouri point guard Wes Clark (15) said on Twitter that he quit the team and wasn’t dismissed.
Missouri point guard Wes Clark (15) said on Twitter that he quit the team and wasn’t dismissed. The Associated Press

Wes Clark took to social media Wednesday to dispel the notion that he was dismissed from the Missouri men’s basketball team.

“Stop texting me stop calling me plz. I did not get dismissed, I quit, and now I’m moving forward,” Clark posted on Twitter.

Mizzou, which announced Tuesday that Clark was no longer part of the men’s basketball program an hour before the Tigers’ win against South Carolina, maintains that he was dismissed.

Clark had been put on an academic contract by the MU athletic department before the semester, a source told The Star. The academic contract explained Clark’s obligations with respect to being a student at Mizzou, but he failed to meet those requirements, missing class and not turning in assignments, according to the source.

After the Tennessee game Feb. 13, Clark was told he was off scholarship during a meeting with second-year Tigers coach Kim Anderson.

“He is well aware that he did not hold up his end of the bargain,” the source said of Clark.

Clark, a junior point guard, was Mizzou’s second-leading scorer at 9.8 points per game at the time of his dismissal. He had started all 25 games entering Tuesday.

Missouri coach Kim Anderson, senior forward Ryan Rosburg and sophomore guard Namon Wright discussed Tuesday's 72-67 win against South Carolina at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Anderson also discussed the dismissal of junior guard Wes Clark.

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