Mizzou declines opportunity to play in bowl game
Missouri’s frustrating season is over. The Tigers will decline a bowl berth, according to athletic director Mack Rhoades.
Full statement from Rhoades on Missouri's bowl decision pic.twitter.com/CC8SITj0MQ
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 30, 2015
Rhoades said on Monday that the Tigers would instead focus on finding a replacement for Gary Pinkel, who resigned effective at the end of the regular season due to health reasons.
The Tigers (5-7) were in line to receive a berth because their Academic Progress Rate was tied for second with Kansas State in the group of teams with 5-7 records.
The NCAA announced Monday afternoon that APR would be the criterion used to fill out the bowl lineup by the NCAA. Only 75 teams of the 80 teams needed to fill 40 bowls have won six games, the requirement for bowl eligibility.
The Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, would have been a likely destination for the Tigers.
With a new coach taking over next season, Missouri would not benefit as much from 15 extra practices as it would if Gary Pinkel were still the Tigers’ coach.