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Missouri football, baseball and softball hit with postseason bans from NCAA

The final resolution in the tutoring/cheating allegations hits Missouri hard

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The on-going investigation into Missouri’s academic infractions scandal resulting from a tutor’s claims of cheating came to a close on Thursday.

The result?

Most notably, postseason bans for Missouri baseball and softball (2018-2019 academic year) and a postseason ban for Missouri football this season (2019-2020 academic year).

All the excitement for an improvement under transfer QB Kelly Bryant will take a huge hit with that news, as the Tigers won’t be eligible for a bowl in what is scheduled to be his only year on campus.

Here’s a link to the full release by the NCAA.

The full penalties are staggering in their severity to Missouri’s immediate future in the three sports:

  • Three years of probation.
  • A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the tutor must restrict her from any athletically related duties.
  • A 2018-19 postseason ban for the baseball and softball programs.
  • A 2019-20 postseason ban for the football program.
  • A vacation of records in which football, baseball and softball student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the matches impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
  • A 5 percent reduction in the amount of scholarships in each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Recruiting restrictions for each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year, including:
  • A seven-week ban on unofficial visits.
  • A 12.5 percent reduction in official visits.
  • A seven-week ban on recruiting communications.
  • A seven-week ban on all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
  • A 12.5 percent reduction in recruiting-person or evaluation days.
  • A disassociation of the tutor. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report (self-imposed by the university).
  • A fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the football, baseball and softball budgets.

In addition to the postseason ban for Missouri football, the recruiting penalties will present a significant blow to the Tigers’ ability to land top recruits to bolster the 2020 recruiting class. That, coupled with no postseason possibility, means the on-the-field drop-off could continue for a few cycles.

The vacation of records is another big blow, depending on how many wins Missouri has to vacate. We’ll know that in at most a month and a half, but judging from the severity of these penalties, expect there to be a major change in Missouri football’s reported record during the affected seasons.