MU Athletics received a mandated response from the NCAA Committee on Infractions last Thursday, April 25, in an ongoing appeal of academic misconduct violations, an athletic department spokesman told the Missourian.
The school filed its official appeal to the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on March 25, putting the Committee on Infractions — which sentenced Missouri —on the clock to respond in the next 30 days. MU received the reply on the 30th day.
Without going into detail, an MU spokesman said via text that the Committee on Infractions sent "a rebuttal to our response" that served to "justify their position basically."
By rule in the appeal process, the university gets 14 days to respond to the response. The period is now down to seven days, with a May 9 deadline. MU's upcoming reply will be the final action taken in the appeal process until the hearing this summer.
Missouri's appeal is challenging postseason bans on the football, baseball and softball teams, as well as recruiting restrictions, fines, probation and vacated wins imposed on each program. A Jan. 31 report by the Committee on Infractions found that 12 MU student-athletes were involved in a tutor's academic misconduct that occurred in recent years.
Missouri’s three primary arguments in the appeals brief, according to a university release, were that the penalties contradicted NCAA precedent; that they were “not supported, or appropriate, given the nature of the violation;” and that the sanctions “could have a chilling effect on future NCAA enforcement processes.”