Greg Sankey unloads on the NCAA after its follow-up statement to Missouri
There’s no shortage of opinions in the wake of the NCAA holding up Missouri’s appeal to the NCAA about sanctions and penalties related to a former tutor.
The NCAA rejected an appeal by Missouri to limit or overturn sanctions for infractions tied to the case of a former tutor. It added that Missouri’s disappointment is understandable, but rules and infractions processes are developed by NCAA members. The school argued that the penalties handed down in January were against precedent, and could have a negative effect on future NCAA enforcement.
Speaking to media, including Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde, in Atlanta ahead of the SEC Championship, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey was “really unhappy,” Forde and other media reported, and added it “almost shamed” Missouri. “I think the NCAA membership deserves better.”
Missouri Athletics Director Jim Sterk was emotional at a press conference following what he called “a really hurtful decision.”
“When our coaches are talking to kids that have the eligibility left, that (it’s) their senior year and they can’t go to postseason play, it’s really, really difficult,” Sterk said.
Here is the statement the NCAA issued: