Missouri AD Jim Sterk issues statement after NCAA Appeals Committee hearing
Missouri AD Jim Sterk, chancellor Alex Cartwright and school attorneys were in Indianapolis on Thursday making Mizzou’s case to the NCAA Appeals Committee to have MU’s punishment (headlined by the football team’s postseason ban) overturned.
In January, an NCAA infractions panel penalized Missouri after the Tigers were found guilty of academic fraud due to a former part-time tutor giving improper assistance. Multiple sports were punished, with the headliner being the football program’s bowl ban for the 2019 campaign.
Now Mizzou has to play the waiting game. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports notes the Appeals Committee typically takes 4-8 weeks to render a decision. Dave Matter of the St. Louis Disptach, however, reminded followers that Ole Miss made its appeal in July, but did not hear back until Nov. 1. Hopefully Barry Odom’s squad knows for sure whether its playing for the postseason before Week 1.
Sterk issued a statement after the Thursday meeting:
“As I have stated since January, the penalties handed down to the University were unprecedented based upon past decisions, and we have been respectful and aggressive in our response since then. We appreciated the opportunity and time the Appeals Committee has spent on our case and hope that they strongly take into account that the University was cited for exemplary cooperation from the NCAA Enforcement staff. I firmly believe that if these penalties are not overturned, it will have a chilling effect on future NCAA investigations by discouraging Universities to fully cooperate.
“We look forward to getting this resolved in the near future, and deeply appreciate the strong support we have received from not only Mizzou fans around the nation, but many within the intercollegiate athletics community since the decision was first announced.”
Missouri AD Jim Sterk, chancellor Alex Cartwright and the school’s legal team had its hearing today in Indianapolis with the NCAA appeals committee. Sterk’s statement: pic.twitter.com/2HvnQ97XDr
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) July 18, 2019
For a timeline reference for Mizzou’s NCAA appeal … Ole Miss had its hearing with the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee last July 18. The appeals committee made its final ruling Nov. 1.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) July 16, 2019