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Auerbach Missouri ruling shows cooperating with the NCAA doesn’t pay

Auerbach Missouri ruling shows cooperating with the NCAA doesn’t pay

Missouri football faces a postseason ban next season, while its baseball and softball programs are barred from postseason competition this spring after the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions announced a range of penalties Thursday morning.

The football, baseball, and softball programs will all receive a 5 percent reduction in the amount of the scholarships they can hold for the 2019-20 academic year, a seven-week ban on unofficial visits, a 12.5 percent reduction in official visits, and a fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of the budget for each team. The football program received a postseason ban for 2019-2020.

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said they were "shocked and dismayed" by the sanctions.

He added the university plans to appeal the decision immediately.

The school must also vacate all games in which the 12 students whose work was completed by the tutor participated.

Kumar told the panel she felt pressured to ensure athletes passed certain courses, primarily in mathematics. In one instance, she allegedly completed an entire course for a football player, whose name was not revealed.

Mizzou announced that it was being investigated around the same time. "The case starts off with that agreement and the association has put in place a penalty matrix".

It all seemed to be going well, but then Missouri was hit down with a huge penalty by the NCAA.

The baseball and softball programs are banned from postseason play for 2018-2019. All the sports also have a five percent reduction in scholarships, and several recruiting restrictions. Yolanda Kumar has repeatedly claimed she participated in academic fraud as a tutor for Mizzou athletics. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the tutor must restrict her from any athletically related duties.

A vacation of records in which football, baseball and softball student-athletes competed while ineligible.

"In support of that position", the NCAA's report said, "UNC asserted that although courses were created and graded by an office secretary, student-athletes completed their own work".

"For most of the student-athletes", the statement read, "the tutor completed online coursework that included assignments, quizzes or exams".

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