The Missouri football program has reportedly been punished by the NCAA. On Thursday, January 31, it was announced that the Tigers have been punished for academic tutor misconduct. As a result, the football program has been banned from the 2019 postseason.
The NCAA statement alleges a tutor “assisted two football student-athletes’ completion of Missouri’s math placement exam. Missouri requires all students take the exam to determine whether they must complete a remedial math course before enrolling in college algebra. The instructions on the exam state that the test be taken alone and without assistance, but the tutor remained in the room and assisted both student-athletes with the test questions. Missouri determined both student-athletes violated its honor code.”
You can read the full report here.
This is also interesting on many fronts with former Clemson Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant announcing that he was set to transfer to the program. That is obviously in jeopardy now. Football Scoop outlined the full list of sanctions that will directly impact the football team:
- A 2019-20 postseason ban
- A 5% reduction of the amount of scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year
- Recruiting restrictions that include
- 7 week ban on unofficial visits
- 12.5% reduction in official visits
- 7 week ban on recruiting communications
- 7 week ban on all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations
- 12.5% reduction in recruiting-person or evaluation days
- A fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of the football budget.
Along with the football program, the baseball and softball programs have also been hit with a ban.