NCAA gives Missouri football, baseball and softball postseason ban for tutor misconduct

Missouri sanctioned by NCAA after academic misconduct

Missouri sanctioned by NCAA after academic misconduct

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The NCAA has sanctioned Missouri's football, baseball and softball programs after an investigation revealed academic misconduct involving a tutor who completed coursework for athletes. Any appeal could take several months.

The Division I Committee on Infractions said the former tutor, Yolanda Kumar, admitted in late 2016 she had "violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes". That means that the Tigers' highly regarded football team won't be eligible for the SEC title game or a bowl game this fall.

Kumar told the panel that she felt pressured to ensure athletes passed certain courses, primarily in mathematics. Baseball, softball and football received postseason bans for the upcoming seasons, while the baseball program received a five percent reduction in scholarships for the next year.

Kumar, though not named in the report, received a 10-year show-cause order, preventing any NCAA member school from allowing her to work with its athletic department during that time.

"The activity repeated itself with other academic coordinators and other student-athletes, so the tutor continued to complete varying degrees of academic work for student-athletes", the report said.

In addition to the postseason bans, all three teams will face a 5 percent scholarship reduction and multiple limitations on recruiting during the 2019-20 academic year, among other penalties.

Any games in which the 12 student-athletes in question participated after becoming ineligible must be vacated.

That's a unusual message to send to the hundreds of schools that make up the NCAA, but that was one of the obvious and confusing takeaways from Thursday's Committee on Infractions (COI) ruling in Missouri's academic misconduct case.

According to the report, the tutor completed assignments, quizzes or exams for 12 student-athletes.

Additionally, the athletic department must pay a $5K fine, plus 1 percent of baseball's operating budget, while the program must deal with some recruiting restrictions. The crux of the Missouri case. "We will move forward living up to our frequently stated ideal of "Win it Right" and vigorously defend this unjust penalty".

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