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REPORT: NCAA upholds the Missouri football bowl ban

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Jamie Squire | Getty Images

The Missouri football program will not be eligible to participate in postseason festivities this year.

According to a report by this afternoon, the NCAA appeals committee has upheld its postseason ban and all sanctions previously handed down to the Missouri program, with an official release expected today.

On January 31, the NCAA announced the original sanctions, which included a one-year postseason ban for the football, baseball, and softball teams.

The reasoning? A former school tutor, Yolanda Kumar, reportedly completed coursework for 12 student-athletes.

The school immediately fought the sanctions, with Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk calling the decision “unfair, unjust, and unprecedented” after the decision was handed down. Mizzou also reportedly spent $500,000 on legal representation for its appeal.

With this decision, the school will not receive its share of bowl revenue from the SEC, which will reportedly cost the program roughly $8 million.

According to the report by, “other sanctions include a fine of $5,000 plus one percent of the football, baseball and softball budgets; a five percent scholarship reduction for each of the three sports; recruiting restrictions for each of the three programs; vacation of wins and three years of probation.”

Here are all of the recruiting restrictions, per the report:

  • A seven-week ban on unofficial visits for football, baseball and softball.
  • A 12.5 percent reduction in official visits for all three programs. This amounts to reductions of seven visits in football and four visits in baseball.
  • A seven-week ban on recruiting communications for all three sports.
  • A seven-week ban on all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations for the coaches of all three sports.
  • A 12.5 percent reduction in recruiting-person or evaluation days for the football, baseball and softball programs. This amounts to 27 total evaluation days for the football coaches.

Missouri, who is currently sitting at 5-6 on the year with a final date with the 2-9 Arkansas Razorbacks scheduled for this weekend, will now be omitted from the bowl process. As a result, the Tigers will no longer be in contention for the Belk Bowl, a potential option for Kentucky.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for REPORT: NCAA upholds the Missouri football bowl ban

  1. UKinIN
    1:38 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

    Not to be “that guy” but what do recruiting sanctions have to do with academic fraud? Make the players retake the classes. Make them ineligible until they pass the class. The NCAA sure has a hard time making the punishment fit the crime.

    • ukkatzfan
      1:56 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

      NCAA punishes the football team when there is a violation in the football program. Punishment is to area of violation. They can not require retesting, that would be like crossing over into academics. If a coach gets recruiting sanctions that is getting him where it hurts. There is nothing about “punishment fitting the crime”. It is about punishing them to the point they correct their errors and don’t do them again.

    • J-Dub421
      3:27 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

      How exactly would the NCAA do anything to the players who committed the infractions? They never do. The NCAA is completely toothless when it comes to punishing players. They literally can’t do anything because they don’t have the power to do so.

  2. runningunnin.454
    1:55 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

    Obviously, they don’t have the Penny connection.

  3. 4everUKBlue
    2:02 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

    They should have had some fake classes, that seems to work pretty well.

    • makeitstop
      2:30 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

      If she helped do the work for non athletes would they still have found violations? And, talk about Lazy, if u know the UNC decision would it kill u to hv an additional cheating tutor for, say. Fraternity guys or something?? Duh. Now w $8m less in bowl revenue, the cheating tutor service is going to face some layoffs for sure.

  4. makeitstop
    2:25 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

    Jack, this sounds like it’s the best of all worlds for us: if they win Saturday, our win over them looks better, otherwise Toledo and UTM and Vandy are our best 3 wins (UL would be the best win if we win, of course). BUT they can’t take a bowl berth, AND we hv a continued recruiting edge over them. The Belk Bowl pays more than Liberty and Music City pays more than Belk so I assume we’d rather go there? Do we need Miss State AND UT to lose to get to a Florida Bowl or could we get in with a win over UL?

  5. KYJelly
    3:00 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

    UNC has fake classes to give athlete’s an A vs. Mizzou teacher does the work for the athlete’s to give them an A. If there ever was a better example if the NCAA being a joke, this is it. The reasoning (or so it would seem by the NCAA’s decision with UNC) seems to be that students that weren’t athletes also benefitted from the classes. So, are we saying if the teacher in question had filled out homework non non-athletes that it would become a “university situation” at that point? If anything, UNC was more blatant. I could believe that a teacher could be doing HW for athletes without the universities knowledge, but it’s hard to buy the same with a fake class

    • KYJelly
      3:01 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry for typos, on a phone

    • J-Dub421
      3:30 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

      The NCAA also conveniently ignored that the players who got fake A’s in fake classes at UNC would have been academically ineligible without those fake grades pulling their GPA’s up.

  6. CrystalBall
    5:23 pm November 26, 2019 Permalink

    Not to change the subject, but, everyone have a very nice Thanksgiving.