NCAA penalties ban Tigers from postseason in 2019

Arnold Nichols
February 3, 2019

Along with three years of probation and the postseason bans, the football, baseball and softball teams also must vacate any records for games that included participation by the 12 athletes.

"The committee's decision is completely unjust and unfair - to our team, to our staff and to our alumni". It continued that the tutor engaged in the activity despite receiving extensive and comprehensive education on appropriate tutoring practices.

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk sent a letter to Kumar previous year that indicated her claims of academic fraud made in 2016 were true.

According to the NCAA bylaws, Bryant could opt out of his Missouri commitment and play elsewhere without penalty. In short, the findings said, "the 12 student-athletes did not complete their own work". Although dropping ticket sales or an apathetic fan base might be a concern, the most painful hit for Missouri would be missing out on its share of the SEC's bowl revenue.

In its decision, the NCAA also specifically distinguished this decision from its 2017 report on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which investigated almost two decades of non-existent classes in UNC's African and Afro-American Studies department which were predominantly populated with football and basketball student-athletes.

For most of the MU athletes involved, Kumar completed online coursework, including assignments, quizzes and exams. As David Roberts, NCAA Committee on Infractions panel chief officer, said, "Missouri did the right thing".

The penalties, which were harsh and inconsistent with how the NCAA handled North Carolina's academic fraud case, will be appealed by the school.

"I would not say they (Missouri) were penalized improperly or extraordinarily".

When asked if the decision would disincentivize future self-reporting from institutions under investigation by the NCAA, Roberts said, "You can certainly make that argument". The punishment will affect Missouri's football, baseball and softball teams.

The ban stems from a 2016 incident where a former tutor completed academic coursework for several student-athletes, including three football players.

Kumar was given a 10-year show cause penalty, and any NCAA member school employing her during that period can not allow her to deal with athletics.

A 10-year show-cause for Kumar. Missouri must release games in which players implicated participated within 45 days. Ole Miss, which was banned from postseason play in both 2017 and 2018 after a five-year investigation into its football program, forfeited $7.1 million in 2017 and will forfeit more than $8 million for 2018, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Each program will also have 5 percent fewer scholarships for the upcoming year, and a series of recruiting restrictions that include fewer visits.

Tacked onto that, if the appeal isn't successful, is a 1 percent deduction from the football, softball and baseball program's budgets.

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