Missouri Baseball, Softball Banned From Postseason In 2018-19 Following NCAA Investigation

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Mizzou football, baseball, softball barred from upcoming postseason, wins vacated

Missouri administrators tore into the NCAA's decision, with chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright calling the decision "harsh and inconsistent" and athletic director Jim Sterk saying the school will "immediately appeal".

The appeal could take months. "It is hard to fathom that the University could be cited for exemplary cooperation throughout this case, and yet end up with these unprecedented penalties that could unfairly and adversely impact innocent current and future Mizzou student-athletes", Sterk said in a release.

The NCAA ruled that former Missouri tutor Yolanda Kumar violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules by completing academic work for 12 student-athletes.

Overall, she admitted to improperly helping 12 Missouri student athletes. The NCAA's investigation concluded that "an athletics department tutor completed and provided Missouri student-athletes with academic work". In one instance, she allegedly completed an entire course for a football player, whose name was not revealed.

The investigation did not find she was directed by colleagues to do it.

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David Roberts, the chief hearing officer for the infractions panel, defended the penalties.

Missouri was penalized significantly more harshly than North Carolina, which was not punished by the NCAA after a multi-year academic scandal featuring "paper courses".

Does he decide to stay at Missouri and play out the year knowing that the team will be banned from postseason play? Each program will also have 5 percent fewer scholarships for the upcoming year, and a series of recruiting restrictions that include fewer visits.

A $5,000 fine, plus one percent of the budget of each program.

Kumar completed work for six athletes in two different math courses, and MU determined three of them violated the university's honor code. She also received a 10-year show-cause order from the NCAA that bars her from working with athletes.

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"Among other differences, UNC stood by the courses and the grades it awarded student-athletes", the NCAA said in its decision.

"Simply put, 12 student-athletes did not complete their own work", the committee said.

For most of the MU athletes involved, Kumar completed online coursework, including assignments, quizzes and exams. Roberts said Kumar along with the school and NCAA all agreed that infractions took place, and at that point it comes down to applying prescribed penalties. That means those unable to participate in the postseason could transfer elsewhere without having to redshirt.

Larissa Anderson is now in her first year at the helm of the Tigers' program. The school also has to pay for team travel, meals and lodging for the bowl game, as well as the travel of spirit squads, coaching bonuses and uniforms, an expense that added up to more than $1.4 million.

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