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Hartzler on NCAA’s Decision to Sanction the University of Missouri

November 26, 2019
Press Release

HARRISONVILLE, MO. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) issued the following statement over the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) decision to not reverse sanctions against the University of Missouri.

“I entirely disagree with the NCAA’s disproportionate sanctions against Mizzou’s athletic programs. These sanctions against Mizzou will ultimately hurt student athletes, stifle the university’s ability to recruit, block an important revenue stream for college athletics, and set back the progress made by the college football program. Athletes will be denied needed scholarships they deserve hampering their education and their future,” Hartzler said.

“As the NCAA’s own report acknowledged this year, the fact remains that Mizzou administrators self-reported the rogue, part-time tutor and took internal steps to ensure that tutor’s termination. Mizzou has cooperated fully throughout the process.  The NCAA's sanctions should be proportional and reward cooperation and responsible action.

It’s wrong to penalize today’s athletes for the actions of others and wrong to sanction a university when they have done everything right from an institutional standpoint,” Hartzler concluded.