Missouri isn’t going down without a fight.
That much was made clear on Thursday when the school announced it has officially filed an appeal with the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee following the one-year bowl ban handed down to Missouri following an investigation into academic misconduct at the school involving several student-athletes.
Missouri AD Jim Sterk released the following statement announcing the school’s appeal.
“We believe that the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in applying penalties to the University of Missouri Athletics program, and we look forward to appearing before the Appeals Committee in the future to present our case. Mizzou’s case involved an isolated incident within our program, however, the penalties applied are overly harsh, not in line with established precedent and negatively impact student-athletes who chose to attend the University of Missouri and had nothing to do with the actions of one rogue individual.
“It appears that our cooperation throughout this process went largely unnoticed, which I believe will have a chilling effect and force other institutions to take a different approach in dealing with these type issues, which will not be in the best interest of the NCAA or intercollegiate athletics.”
The appeal process will take six months at a minimum and could take close to a year to conclude.