Mizzou leaders, coaches react to NCAA sanctions
COLUMBIA -- Former MU basketball star Jon Sundvold pulled no punches when making his feelings about the NCAA known.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Sundvold, who currently serves as the Chair of the UM Board of Curators, called the NCAA's legitimacy into question after it handed down punishments to three MU sports teams.
“The NCAA Committee on Infractions made a mistake yesterday," Sundvold's statement read. "We expect leadership from institutions to admit when they make a mistake, correct that mistake and move forward. The NCAA should do the same. As David Roberts, NCAA Committee on Infractions panel chief officer, said, “Missouri did the right thing.” I now expect the NCAA to do the right thing.
“If it doesn't, a dangerous precedent has been set. When an individual acts independently of their employer, violates rules, commits extortion and shops her accusations to the highest bidder, why would that institution be punished unjustly after doing the right thing?
“Inconsistent actions by the NCAA continue to erode its credibility. If it doesn’t admit and correct this unprecedented fault, many Power Five schools, like Missouri, will question the need for the NCAA as a governing body.
“As our appeal moves forward, I appreciate the support of the SEC and Commissioner Greg Sankey. When Mizzou wins the SEC East next year, he should do the right thing and invite one of its good standing members to play in the SEC Championship game.”
University of Missouri System President Mun Choi also disagreed with the NCAA's sanctions, saying Missouri was punished after cooperating in the investigation.
“As the leader of a university system that prides itself on being held accountable, I find the sanctions against the University of Missouri-Columbia to be shockingly inappropriate and not to the standards of fairness that we expect of our governing bodies. These sanctions amount to being punished for doing the right thing. Our job is to educate young men and women to be future leaders, which includes learning how to take responsibility and expect consequences when appropriate. This decision by the NCAA, which punishes those who have nothing to do with the violation, undermines that work.
“We as Missourians value hard work and telling the truth. I encourage everyone to stand with us and raise your voices as we fight not just for Mizzou, but also to defend these values.”
The NCAA handed Missouri baseball and softball received postseason bans for the upcoming 2019 season. Missouri baseball coach Steve Bieser says he will do anything he can to help in MU's appeal process.
New Missouri softball coach Larissa Anderson called the sanctions unreasonable and undeserved.
Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said Thursday the school would appeal the NCAA's decision.