The Missouri football program will not be eligible to participate in postseason festivities this year.
According to a report by PowerMizzou.com 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.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) November 26, 2019
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 PowerMizzou.com, “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.