Missouri announced on Wednesday that the university’s basketball program committed major violations during the tenure of former head coach Frank Haith, who left Missouri to take over at Tulsa after the 2013-14 season.
To be specific, Missouri was given a notice of inquiry on April 14, 2014. Haith took the Tulsa job on April 18th of that year.
The most serious of the violations include one booster providing impermissible benefits to three men’s basketball players, which was determined to be a Level I violation, while another provided impermissible benefits to 11 student-athletes and three members of one student-athlete’s family, a Level II violation. The boosters paid student-athletes for work that was never performed at a summer internship as well as giving them “housing, cash in the amount of $520, local transportation, iPads, meals and arranged for the use of a local gym,” per the release.
The Level II violations involved a discounted rate at a hotel, a ride on a booster’s boat and a transportation to and from a local hotel.
“We are obviously very disappointed that the actions of a few individuals have put our program in this situation,” head coach Kim Anderson said in a statement. “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 and that’s what we are going to do.”
The school has imposed a one-year postseason ban, effective this season, meaning that the Tigers will not be eligible for the 2016 SEC tournament or the 2016 NCAA tournament, although their play has more or less made them ineligible for the latter already. The wins from the 2013-14 season have been vacated and the coaching staff will also have to deal with a loss of scholarships and a series of recruiting restrictions this summer and next summer.