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Mizzou football, baseball and softball hit with postseason ban

The NCAA inexplicably came down hard on the Tigers on Thursday.

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA handed down harsh punishments on the Missouri Tigers on Thursday. The Tigers football, baseball and softball teams have been prohibited from postseason play in their respective upcoming seasons.

The rulings come after the conclusion of an academic fraud investigation, revolving around a tutor completing classwork for 12 student-athletes back in the years 2015 and 2016.

Rather unsurprisingly, AD Jim Sterk issued a statement, in which Sterk states that the program will be appealing the harsh penalties handed down on them on Thursday.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anybody that Mizzou is planning on appealing. Frankly, the fact that the athletics program was hit with postseason bans for what certainly appeared to be a tutor going off on her own volition to complete classwork is pretty farcical. Especially when compared to, well, other athletic programs who’ve recently been dragged through the ringer and come out completely unscathed.

The Tigers football team can at take solace in the fact that Kelly Bryant is going nowhere. But there’ll be plenty of turbulence in Columbia for quite sometime, and perhaps deservedly so.

TSK will provide some more commentary on this story this weekend. Stay tuned.