NCAA upholds Missouri's postseason ban
The Arkansas game doesn’t mean as much to Missouri as it did to start the week.
That’s because the NCAA appeals committee has finally made its decision on Missouri’s appeal — the postseason ban, as well as all the punishments handed down, have been upheld.
This news has been officially announced by Missouri and was being reported by Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com.
Missouri currently has a 5-6 record and was hoping a win against Arkansas in Little Rock would get the team to the postseason for the third consecutive season.
The NCAA originally announced penalties against Missouri 10 months ago following the discovery of a “rogue tutor” that was helping student-athletes with their class work. No current Missouri athletes are among those that were aided with their work by the tutor.
Since that time, Missouri has been fighting the NCAA’s decision after working hand and hand with NCAA investigators working on the case in Columbia.
Here is an outline of the punishments handed down by the NCAA that are all being upheld.
- Three years of probation.
- A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the tutor must restrict her from any athletically related duties.
- A 2018-19 postseason ban for the baseball and softball programs.
- A 2019-20 postseason ban for the football program.
- A vacation of records in which football, baseball and softball student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the matches impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
- A 5 percent reduction in the amount of scholarships in each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year.
- Recruiting restrictions for each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year, including:
- A seven-week ban on unofficial visits.
- A 12.5 percent reduction in official visits.
- A seven-week ban on recruiting communications.
- A seven-week ban on all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
- A 12.5 percent reduction in recruiting-person or evaluation days.
- A disassociation of the tutor. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report (self-imposed by the university).
- A fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the football, baseball and softball budgets.