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NCAA hits Missouri football with postseason ban

January 31, 2019


As a result of an NCAA academic violation, Missouri football is banned from the postseason for 2019 and 2020, according to an announcement made Thursday afternoon.

The punishment is part of the penalties laid upon the Missouri athletic department after it was found that a Former Missouri tutor completed coursework for 12 student-athletes.

“A former University of Missouri, Columbia, tutor violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel,” the NCAA stated. “Although the tutor said she felt pressure to ensure student-athletes passed courses, according to the committee’s report, the investigation did not support that her colleagues directed her to complete the student-athletes’ work."

The football postseason ban is part of the penalty. Other penalties against Missouri include a three-year probation, postseason bans for softball and baseball, a 5 percent scholarship reduction next year and “a vacation of records in which football, baseball and softball student-athletes competed while ineligible.”

The penalty comes after Missouri football put forward a strong 8-5 season under coach Barry Odom. It was the second-consecutive bowl appearance for Missouri, which will not be eligible to go for a third next season if the penalties hold.

It is tough news for Missouri players, including graduate transfer Kelly Bryant. Bryant left Clemson after losing the job to Trevor Lawrence and selected Missouri and the chance to replace Drew Lockas his transfer destination. Bryant was eligible to transfer without penalty because of his graduation at Clemson. A player is only eligible once to graduate-transfer without penalty.

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A lot more than a bowl ban...
The football, baseball
and softball programs will also have a five-percent reduction in scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. They also will have a seven-week ban on unofficial visits, a 12.5-percent reduction in official visits and evaluation days, and a seven-week ban on recruiting communications and off-campus recruiting evaluation days. The NCAA also fined Missouri $5,000, plus one percent of each of its budgets in football, baseball and softball.

And UNC staged fake classes and got nothing. Double Standard. I hate the NCAA.

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