Tigers will not be eligible to play in either SEC or NCAA Tournaments
On Wednesday, the University of Missouri made a self-imposing ban citing former coach Frank Haith (who is now at Tulsa) after a 19 month investigation. The report cited the men’s basketball program doing multiple rules violations, including a few donors providing impermissible benefits to players and also to at least one prospect. Current coach Kim Anderson and his staff were not cited in the report. He went on to say in a prepared statement, and I quote:
“We are obviously very disappointed that the actions of a few individuals have put our program in this situation. However, I am appreciative to Mack Rhoades (Missouri Athletic Director) 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.”
As a result, Missouri has vacated all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season and will lose one men’s basketball scholarship for this season and another that should happen no later than 2017-18.
Let this be a lesson to anyone who cheats. As ESPN analyst Dan Dakich said on Wednesday night, “Don’t allow cheaters to win, because if you do–you will get caught.”