SEC issues statement regarding NCAA's decision against Missouri
Football, baseball and softball were all affected, and Barry Odom’s football team took the brunt of the penalty, as his program has been banned from postseason play in 2019. Baseball and softball also suffered the same fate. The athletic department was fined, must vacate wins and was docked scholarships, among other things.
As you can imagine, the announcement sent shockwaves around college athletics.
Power Mizzou’s Gabe DeArmond reached out for a statement from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, and the office sent him a response that he shared via Twitter.
“We have received and reviewed the Committee of Infractions report involving the University of Missouri. We are seeking to understand the committee’s decision related to the severity of the penalties applied to Missouri, particularly in light of the university’s exemplary cooperation in the case. Consistent with our standard approach to support member universities, the SEC Office stands ready to advise and assist in Missouri’s appeal process.”
Mizzou AD Jim Sterk announced Thursday that the school will “immediately appeal the decision.” You can read Sterk’s full statement here.