U of Missouri Punishes Itself for Basketball Violations

January 14, 2016

The University of Missouri at Columbia said it would bar its men's basketball team from postseason play this season and impose other penalties for violations uncovered by a joint investigation with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Missouri said in its statement that NCAA investigators had been tipped off to potential problems more than two years ago. The joint inquiry revealed that one booster had given basketball players pay for work not performed and other benefits through a summer internship program at his company, and another booster had given players other benefits. The investigation found that Missouri officials had not adequately monitored the internship program.

In addition to barring the team from its conference tournament this spring, Missouri will vacate its wins from the 2013-14 season and limit scholarships and recruiting in subsequent seasons.

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