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Blunt Statement on NCAA Penalties Against University of Missouri

February 01, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today regarding the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) penalties imposed on the University of Missouri’s athletics program:

“I completely disagree with the sanctions announced by the NCAA against the University of Missouri. From the NCAA’s own report, it was clear that the university was transparent and did the right thing by reporting both the tutor’s actions and the involvement of a small number of players. I strongly encourage the NCAA to take another look at this case and not punish today’s upstanding Mizzou athletes because of isolated violations that occurred years ago. I stand with Chancellor Cartwright, Athletic Director Jim Sterk, and the Mizzou family in questioning the fairness of these overly punitive sanctions. Mizzou and the state of Missouri deserve a second look at the facts of this case.”

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