Mizzou AD Jim Sterk gives update on school's academic investigation
Yolanda Kumar made waves in the college football world earlier this season when the former Mizzou athletic department tutor revealed that she had engaged in academic fraud on behalf of several of the school’s athletes.
It’s possible that Mizzou could face severe penalties in the case, which is under review by the NCAA, but exactly how severe remains to be seen.
Mizzou AD Jim Sterk told STLToday.com that no announcements about the case are imminent, but plenty of parties are working together to discover exactly what happened:
“Everyone’s involved, the SEC, the NCAA,” Sterk said Friday. “We’re communicating with them. We’re working with them. I don’t know how long it will be. That will be dictated by the NCAA. I do know they’ve been impressed with the work our staff has done. So I think we’re in as good a place as we can be. How long it will be? I don’t know.”
Sterk added that nothing is official in terms of the NCAA investigation, so no timetable can be set for any sort of revelation or punishment:
“I don’t know if you can call it an investigation,” he said. “We’re cooperating with the NCAA. That’s something that’s not done on a regular (basis), but something when an accusation has been made you go about working with the NCAA to see what you find. We’re in that process. Discovery phase, I guess.”
Based on how long the NCAA’s investigation into Ole Miss has taken, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Mizzou investigation drag on into next season.