Mizzou Appealing NCAA Sanctions

The University of Missouri has filed a notice of appeal with the NCAA in regard to the sanctions levied against the school earlier in the month. The punishment for Mizzou includes postseason bans for the football, baseball, and softball programs.

"We believe that the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in applying penalties to the University of Missouri Athletics program, and we look forward to appearing before the Appeals Committee in the future to present our case. Mizzou's case involved an isolated incident within our program, however, the penalties applied are overly harsh, not in line with established precedent and negatively impact student-athletes who chose to attend the University of Missouri and had nothing to do with the actions of one rogue individual.
"It appears that our cooperation throughout this process went largely unnoticed, which I believe will have a chilling effect and force other institutions to take a different approach in dealing with these type of issues, which will not be in the best interest of the NCAA or intercollegiate athletics." - Mizzou AD Jim Sterk

Missouri's press release states that the process of appeals is expected to take a maximum of six months to complete.