According to The State and Rivals.com, Bryant has already made it known that he will play his final year in Columbia, despite the decision levied by the NCAA on Thursday. That would last through the SEC Tournaments for baseball and softball this May, and the Tigers would be allowed to participate while the appeal is being reviewed. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced he would finish his career with the Tigers, joining arguably their best recruiting class in years.
Missouri athletics director Jim Sterk said he was "shocked and dismayed" at the penalties and that the NCAA committee "abused its discretion" with the postseason bans and scholarship reductions, especially considering the NCAA report lauded MU for its cooperation with the process.
Nonetheless, Missouri football is facing a bowl ban for the 2019 season while baseball and softball will miss in the 2018-19 season. The NCAA says Yolanda Kumar violated its extra benefit rules when she "completed academic work for 12 student-athletes".
Although the tutor said she felt pressure to ensure student-athletes passed courses, according to the committee's report, the investigation did not support that her colleagues directed her to complete the student-athletes' work.
University and state officials have widely criticized the NCAA's punishment of Missouri in an academic fraud case as overly harsh, with Jon Sundvold, the chair of the board of curators, saying unjust sanctions would lead member schools to "question the need for the NCAA as a governing body".
The ban stems from a 2016 incident where a former tutor completed academic coursework for several student-athletes, including three football players.
David Roberts, the chief hearing officer for the infractions panel, defended the penalties. The Tigers' football team has also been recruiting restrictions that include a seven-week ban on unofficial visits, recruiting communications, and all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
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The former tutor did not respond to requests for comment Thursday, but she later unleashed a barrage of tweets in response to the investigation.
The NCAA has also fined the school $5,000 plus 1 percent of each program's budgets.
"Among other differences, UNC stood by the courses and the grades it awarded student-athletes", the NCAA report said.
"Simply put, 12 student-athletes did not complete their own work", the committee said. She also received a 10-year show-cause order from the NCAA that bars her from working with athletes.
Kumar completed work for six athletes in two different math courses, and MU determined three of them violated the university's honor code.
The Missouri Republican in a Friday statement urged the NCAA to take another look at the case, which involves a tutor who completed coursework for athletes.
"As our appeal moves forward, I appreciate the support of the SEC and Commissioner Greg Sankey".