Mis­souri self-im­poses bas­ket­ball sanc­tions

The Tigers, who went 9-23 last sea­son, ban them­selves from the up­com­ing post­sea­son.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By R.B. Fallstrom

Ad­mit­ting it found NCAA vi­o­la­tions in its men’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram dat­ing to 2011, Mis­souri on Wed­nes­day banned it­self from the post­sea­son this year and said it is va­cat­ing all 23 wins from the 2013-14 sea­son.

The NCAA is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing, and Mis­souri said it was work­ing with the or­ga­ni­za­tion in hopes of lim­it­ing the pun­ish­ment to its self-im­posed sanc­tions, which in­cludes the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment.

“We have al­ready taken many proac­tive steps to ad­dress con­cerns, in­clud­ing ap­pro­pri­ate self-im­posed sanc­tions,” ath­letic di­rec­tor Mack Rhoades said. “We will win at Mizzou and do so with in­tegrity and class.”

Mis­souri was 23-12 in 2013-14, Frank Haith’s fi­nal sea­son. Haith left for Tulsa not long af­ter the school re­ceived a ver­bal no­tice of in­quiry from the NCAA in April 2014. The Tigers went 9-23 last sea­son un­der new coach Kim An­der­son and now are 8-8.

“We are dis­ap­pointed that the ac­tions of a few in­di­vid­u­als have put our pro­gram in this sit­u­a­tion,” An­der­son said.

Be­sides the post­sea­son ban, the school stripped it­self of one schol­ar­ship this sea­son and a se­cond schol­ar­ship no later than the 2017-18 sea­son, plus has re­stricted re­cruit­ing through 2016-17. It also said it would pay a $5,000 fine.

The school per­ma­nently banned one uniden­ti­fied donor who the NCAA said pro­vided im­per­mis­si­ble ben­e­fits to three play­ers and one re­cruit in 2013-14. The ben­e­fits in­cluded com­pen­sa­tion for work not done at a busi­ness through a sum­mer in­tern pro­gram, along with hous­ing, $520 cash, lo­cal trans­porta­tion, iPads, meals and use of a lo­cal gym.

“It is clear from our col­lab­o­ra­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the NCAA that a for­mer mem­ber of our ath­let­ics staff and mem­bers of our donor com­mu­nity vi­o­lated NCAA by­laws, and we take those ac­tions se­ri­ously,” chan­cel­lor Hank Fo­ley said.

A se­cond donor was banned for two years af­ter pro­vid­ing 11 play­ers and three mem­bers of one player’s trans­porta­tion for mul­ti­ple play­ers to the ho­tel from the cam­pus.

The school was hit with a third ma­jor in­frac­tion for fail­ing to ad­e­quately mon­i­tor the in­tern­ship pro­gram.

There were two mi­nor in­frac­tions cited. A for­mer as­so­ciate head coach helped a re­cruit re­lo­cate by pro­vid­ing the phone num­ber of the re­cruit’s mother to the se­cond donor to ar­range for rental hous­ing, and the first donor had mul­ti­ple im­per­mis­si­ble con­tacts with a re­cruit.

The school said there is no ev­i­dence that any cur­rent staff mem­bers were aware of the vi­o­la­tions.

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