Missouri men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson and athletic director Mack Rhoades spoke to the media shortly after news broke that the program instituted a self-imposed ban from the 2015-16 postseason following a slew of NCAA rules violations.
Missouri committed five violations between 2011-14 under former coach Frank Haith and, in addition to the postseason ban, announced it has removed one 2015-16 scholarship, will remove another scholarship by the 2017-18 season and will also vacate all wins from the 2013-14 season. Haith, who left to coach at Tulsa four days after the NCAA notified Missouri of its inquiry, was not mentioned in any of the NCAA’s reports according to a statement from Tulsa athletic director Derrick Gragg.
Anderson, who is in his second season as Missouri’s coach, admitted he knew nothing about the pending investigation that started on April 14, 2014 when he interviewed for the job. He said he was relieved that the situation was finally reaching some closure.
“For the sake of everyone involved, I’m glad a resolution is nearing,” Anderson said according to The Columbia Missourian’s Ryan Kohn.
The sanctions may even be harder on Missouri’s lone senior, Ryan Rosburg. The postseason ban means Rosburg’s final campaign at Missouri will end Saturday, March 5. Rosburg said he was being victimized for a crime he didn’t commit.
“It hurts because I feel like I’m punished the most and I wasn’t involved,” Rosburg told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter.
The Tigers are currently 8-8 and 1-2 in conference play. Their final stretch of the season begins when they travel to No. 19 South Carolina on Saturday.