Mizzou football, baseball, softball barred from upcoming postseason, wins vacated

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(WIBW) -- The NCAA barred the University of Missouri's football team from playing in a bowl game next season. The Tiger baseball programs will not be allowed to participate in the postseason this year as well.

The sanctions were announced Thursday and stem from an investigation into a former school tutor. The NCAA says Yolanda Kumar violated its extra benefit rules when she "completed academic work for 12 student-athletes."

“Simply put, 12 student-athletes did not complete their own work,” the committee said.

While Kumar told investigators she felt pressure to make sure the athletes passed, the report says the school did not tell her to complete their work for them.

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said they were "shocked and dismayed" by the sanctions. He argued that the infraction was based on the actions of one person who acted outside their expectations for staff members.

"It is hard to fathom that the University could be cited for exemplary cooperation throughout the case, and yet end up with these unprecedented penalties that could unfairly and adversely impact innocent current and future Mizzou student-athletes," he said in a statement.

He added the university plans to appeal the decision immediately.

The full infractions included:

  • Three years of probation.
  • A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the tutor must restrict her from any athletically related duties.
  • A 2018-19 academic year postseason ban for the baseball and softball programs.
  • A 2019-20 academic year postseason ban for the football program.
  • A vacation of records in which football, baseball and softball student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the matches impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
  • A 5 percent reduction in the amount of scholarships in each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Recruiting restrictions for each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year, including:
    • A seven-week ban on unofficial visits.
      A 12.5 percent reduction in official visits.
    • A seven-week ban on recruiting communications.
    • A seven-week ban on all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
    • A 12.5 percent reduction in recruiting-person or evaluation days.
  • A disassociation of the tutor. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report (self-imposed by the university).
  • A fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the football, baseball and softball budgets.