The University of Missouri’s football, baseball and softball programs have been given a one-year ban from postseason play and the entire athletic department placed on three years probation today by the NCAA.
The NCAA says a former tutor violated “NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes.”
The NCAA investigation panel ruled the tutor completed homework and tests for multiple athletes, mostly in online classes. The tutor also completed an entire course for one football player. She also completed work for some athletes in more than one subject area.
“Simply put, 12 student-athletes did not complete their own work,” the NCAA report states.
The report did specify that while the tutor claimed they felt pressure to do the extra work for the athletes, there was no direction from colleagues or college officials for her to do the work.
Here are the penalties handed down to Mizzou (per NCAA press release):
- 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 academic year postseason ban for the baseball and softball programs.
- A 2019-20 academic year 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.
- A fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the football, baseball and softball budgets.