Have you heard the one about how the University of Missouri sold old cell phones belonging to football coach Gary Pinkel
and basketball coach Mike Anderson
The Columbia Tribune
was the first to report last Wednesday
how the coaches' phones were among some 25 old cell phones the school sold to Mike Bellman
, a Columbia man who planned to cell the old phones for parts on eBay.
That was before he discovered that the university had forgotten to delete information from the phones, including text messages between Pinkel and Anderson as well as their contact lists.
The university promptly attempted to buy back the phones for the
original $190 sale price and balked when Bellman demanded $1,000 (the
price he believed he could get for the phone parts on eBay).
By Thursday of last week Bellman had up the price
to $3,000 and said he had several sports collectors interested in the
items. By the end of the week the phones were gone
Bellman told the Columbia
paper the the buyer had to sign an affidavit pledging he or she would not
use information in the phones for malicious purposes.