NCAA hits Missouri football, baseball with postseason bans

Missouri's football program was hit with a one-year postseason ban and the university's athletic department was placed on three years of probation after an NCAA investigation found a former tutor violated "ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules" in completing coursework for a dozen student-athletes.

The ruling from the Division I Committee on Infractions also resulted in a one-year postseason ban for Missouri's baseball and softball programs, the vacating of wins earned with ineligible student-athletes and recruiting restrictions placed on all three athletic programs for the 2019-20 academic year.

According to the panel's report, the tutor misrepresented her work in meeting class requirements that included homework assignments and tests. The report found that the tutor completed the entirety of a course for one student-athlete in the football program and parts of a placement exam for two others. The tutor, who was not named in the report, was given a 10-year show-cause order.

"Simply put, 12 student-athletes did not complete their own work," the Committee on Infractions ruled.

While the tutor contended in her interviews with NCAA enforcement staff that she felt pressured to make sure that student-athletes passed courses and remained eligible, the panel's ruling "did not support that her colleagues directed her to complete the student-athletes' work," per the NCAA release.

The committee also dictated that the football, baseball and softball programs will have a 5 percent reduction in total scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year and that the university must pay a fine of $5,000 "plus 1 percent of each of the football, baseball and softball budgets."

Associated Press

January 31, 2019

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