Roy Blunt

Blunt questions Mizzou punishments in NCAA letter

Missouri’s senior U.S. Senator has sent the NCAA a letter questioning recent punishments put on Mizzou athletics.

Roy Blunt said Wednesday it was harmful to coaches, athletes, and staff who had nothing to do with what happened.

A tutor did some class work for 12 Mizzou athletes in football, baseball, and softball a couple years ago. The NCAA last month hit the Tigers with a one-year postseason ban in those sports, plus recruiting and scholarship restrictions.

Sen. Blunt’s letter says the punishments are overreaching, and send a message that cooperation is wrong.

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