The NCAA Appeals Committee upheld the punishment handed out by the Committee on Infractions against the University of Missouri. The panel found that a former Missouri tutor violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes. In addition to other penalties, the panel prescribed penalties for the baseball, football and softball programs, including a one-year postseason ban, scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions. Athletic Director Jim Sterk says the decision angered him.
MU chancellor Alexander Cartwright said the ruling could have a detrimental effect on compliance by other institutions.
The athletic department will lose eight to nine million dollars in revenue from the SEC due to the bowl ban. The university will loan the difference to the athletic department under an arrangement similar to the one used when Mizzou moved from the Big 12 to the SEC.