NCAA ends Missouri’s punishment for academic misconduct

The NCAA has announced that the postseason bans for the University of Missouri football, baseball, and softball teams will not extend into the 2020-2021 seasons, ending the punishment doled out as a result of academic misconduct, from former tutor Yolanda Kumar completing coursework for 12 student-athletes.

In addition to all three teams being ruled ineligible for postseason play in the 2019-2020 year, the squads also suffered through scholarship losses and restrictions on recruiting.  Athletic Director Jim Sterk, shortly after the NCAA had suspended the spring sports season through mid-April, had asked the NCAA specifically if the postseason ban would extend through next season, given the extraordinary sports climate brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

With a new coach and solid recruiting results bringing juice into a stagnant football program, hopes for fall are increasing for the Missouri fanbase behind Eliah Drinkwitz.  The often- overlooked Tiger softball and baseball teams were each having solid campaigns prior to the COVID-19-blamed season suspension, with the softball Tigers sitting at 3-0 in SEC play and 19-7 overall, with the MU baseball team at 11-5 just prior to starting conference competition.