Lawmakers issue statements following penalties against University of MO athletic program

Lawmakers issue statements following penalties against University of MO athletic program
Blunt said he disagrees with the sanctions.(Source: KFVS)

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - The NCAA sanctioned Missouri’s football, baseball and softball programs after an investigation revealed academic misconduct involving a tutor who completed coursework for athletes.

Among the penalties handed down Thursday were three years of probation and one-year postseason bans for all three programs.

Lawmakers call the penalties harsh.

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) issued the following statement regarding the penalties delivered by the NCAA against the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“At a time when so many institutional bodies face questions about transparency and accountability, I find it especially egregious that the NCAA would punish the University of Missouri for its honest, swift and cooperative action to correct a problem. The NCAA’s decision unfairly punishes student athletes who had no involvement whatsoever and, worse, will absolutely have a chilling effect on schools that would work in good faith to address issues surrounding academic integrity. I stand with Mizzou, state and federal civic leaders and the SEC Commissioner in calling for the NCAA to reconsider this absurd course of action.”
President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan)

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) released the following statement after NCAA penalties were imposed against the University of Missouri Athletic Program:

“I completely disagree with the sanctions announced by the NCAA against the University of Missouri. From the NCAA’s own report, it was clear that the university was transparent and did the right thing by reporting both the tutor’s actions and the involvement of a small number of players. I strongly encourage the NCAA to take another look at this case and not punish today’s upstanding Mizzou athletes because of isolated violations that occurred years ago. I stand with Chancellor Cartwright, Athletic Director Jim Sterk, and the Mizzou family in questioning the fairness of these overly punitive sanctions. Mizzou and the state of Missouri deserve a second look at the facts of this case.”
Sen. Roy Blunt

On Wednesday, Feb. 20 Blunt released another statment urging the NCAA to take another look at the penalties leveled against Mizzou.

He said the punishment “... is harmful to the coaches, student-athletes and staff who had nothing to do with the actions of a sole individual.”

Blunt said the university and the state of Missouri deserve a second look at this situation.

The coaches impacted by the sanctions also released the following statements:

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