Missouri vacates wins from 2013-14 season, self-imposes postseason ban
Missouri officials announced on Wednesday that a 19-month investigation into its men's basketball program has uncovered multiple rules violations, including a donor providing impermissible benefits to three players and one prospect.
Missouri officials announced on Wednesday that a 19-month investigation into its men's basketball program has uncovered multiple rules violations, including donors providing impermissible benefits to players and at least one prospect.
The violations occurred under former coach Frank Haith, who is now at Tulsa. But the NCAA has informed Haith that he is not, and won't be, personally charged with violations.
Neither current coach Kim Anderson nor anybody on his staff were involved.
Missouri has vacated all wins from the 2013-14 season and will lose one of its men's basketball scholarship in 2015-16 and another no later than the 2017-18 season. Beyond that, the Tigers are banned from this postseason, meaning they will not compete in the SEC Tournament or any other postseason competition sanctioned by the NCAA.
One donor, who committed Level I violations, has been permanently disassociated.
Another donor, who committed Level II violations, has been disassociated for two years.
"We will win at Mizzou and do so with integrity and class," said Missouri AD Mack Rhoades. "I am satisfied the University fully cooperated with the NCAA and will continue to do so. We must do better and we will. Our working relationship with the current men's basketball staff is strong, and I am confident in their commitment to upholding our standards."
This is the second time a program run by Haith has encountered NCAA issues.
The 2012 Associated Press National Coach of the Year served a five-game ban to open the 2013-14 season while at Missouri because of violations that happened on his watch at Miami, where he coached from 2004 to 2011 before taking the Missouri job.
"We are obviously very disappointed that the actions of a few individuals have put our program in this situation," Anderson said. "However, I am appreciative to Mack Rhoades and our staff for their guidance and support throughout this process. I hurt for our kids more than anything and for our only senior, Ryan Rosburg, in particular. But I am confident we will overcome this and be stronger as a team and as a staff because of it. We are committed to representing this great university and state with honor and integrity."
You can read Missouri's full report here.
"I appreciate the thoroughness of the NCAA during this process," Haith said. "I echo the sentiments of Missouri's Kim Anderson in expressing his disappointment that the actions of a few individuals have put the Tiger basketball program in this situation."
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