Missouri Gets A Bowl Ban

By Matthew Filipovits on February 1, 2019 at 11:11 am
Dec 31, 2018; Memphis, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers tight end Kendall Blanton (11) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the first half in the 2018 Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
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The University of Missouri Tigers will not be playing in a bowl game in 2019.

The NCAA has handed down a bowl ban for the football program as well as sanctions for the Tigers' baseball and softball teams for academic fraud. The NCAA claims a tutor improperly assisted student-athletes, going on to say "Simply put, 12 student-athletes did not complete their own work."

On top of the postseason ban, the programs will have a seven-week ban on unofficial visits, a five-percent reduction in scholarships for 2019-20, and other restrictions.

Missouri got a big boost this offseason when former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced he would transfer to the Tigers and be eligible to play immediately as a grad transfer. Bryant stated that he will remain committed to the Tigers despite the bowl ban. 

The University will appeal the decision and look to get the bowl ban and other sanctions lifted.