COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri junior point guard Terrence Phillips is no longer part of the Missouri men’s basketball program, a team spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.
Phillips was suspended indefinitely Jan. 26 and has not been part of team activities since that day. The team had no further comments on the situation.
On Jan. 29, news broke that Missouri’s Title IX office launched an investigation against Phillips.
Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said at a Jan. 30 press conference that he found out about the investigation Jan. 26 before the team left for its game at Mississippi State.
"Probably 20 minutes before we were about to leave," Martin said of when he was notified.
On Jan. 29, the Columbia Daily Tribune received a copy of an email confirming the Title IX investigation from a complainant. The complainant, who agreed to speak to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity, said that they reported the case to the Title IX office last fall but then chose not to go forward with the investigation. The university chose to proceed with the case because additional women came forward, the complainant said.
Since then, the Tribune confirmed at least two other women who joined the Title IX investigation. Speaking to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity, one woman said her allegations were sexual in nature.
Before he was suspended, Phillips’ role diminished heavily from previous years. Phillips, who started 23 games last season and every game his freshman season, came off the bench in all 20 games this season.
Phillips never earned consistent minutes for the Tigers. Despite the transfer of freshman point guard Blake Harris and C.J. Roberts, whom Missouri planned to redshirt, Phillips averaged just 10 minutes and 2.5 points. Jordan Geist and Kassius Robertson took over most of the point-guard play.
Missouri (18-9, 8-6) has won five of its last seven games without Phillips and played host to Mississippi on Tuesday.
With Phillips off the team, Missouri will now have another scholarship it can use in its 2018 recruiting class. Missouri has already signed Torrance Watson, Javon Pickett and K.J. Santos and picked up a verbal commitment from Chicago point guard Xavier Pinson in January – leaving scholarships open.