Mizzou AD Jim Sterk responds to NCAA's shocking ruling, plans to appeal decision
Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk was mostly like everyone else Thursday when he heard the NCAA’s ruling against the university.
The NCAA announced the penalties against Missouri following their investigation into a tutor’s wrongdoing. The tutor completed coursework for 12 student-athletes over the course of one year.
You can see the full outline of the punishments being handed down by the NCAA here. Of note, however, the football program received a one-year bowl ban for the 2019 college football season.
Following the NCAA’s announcement, Sterk released a lengthy statement, saying he was “shocked and dismayed by the penalties.” He added that Missouri “will immediately appeal this decision that has placed unfair penalties on our department and programs.”
Below is Sterk’s full statement:
“Once these issues were brought to our attention in November 2016, the university moved swiftly and fully cooperated with the NCAA Enforcement staff to jointly investigate the allegations that were made. We are shocked and dismayed by the penalties that have been imposed today and will aggressively fight for what is right.
The Committee on Infractions has abused its discretion in applying penalties in this case, and the University will immediately appeal this decision that has placed unfair penalties on our department and programs. It is hard to fathom that the University could be cited for exemplary cooperation throughout this case, and yet end up with these unprecedented penalties that could unfairly and adversely impact innocent current and future Mizzou student-athletes.
It is important to note that this was the action of one individual, who acted unilaterally and outside of the expectations that we have established for our staff members.
I assure our alumni, friends and our community that the deeply disappointing actions of that one individual do not reflect the values and expectations we hold for our staff. Mizzou coaches, student-athletes and staff are committed to upholding our core values of respect, integrity, gratitude, humility and togetherness. We will move forward living up to our frequently stated ideal of “Win it Right” and vigorously defend this unjust penalty.”