Missouri basketball is officially eligible for postseason play in 2016-2017, but the program will remain on probation through the season, according to a new report from the NCAA Committee of Infractions.
The probation will extend from Aug. 2, 2016 (Tuesday) to Aug. 1, 2017, and is essentially a five-part agreement that allows the NCAA to keep a closer eye on the athletic department.
Missouri announced a sweeping set of self-penalties this January in response to several violations (including one “Level I” violation, the most serious), and the NCAA essentially accepted those penalties Tuesday, with the probation tacked on as an apparent security measure.
Most of the violations happened under the watch of former coach Frank Haith, though one involving former player happened during current coach Kim Anderson’s first summer in Columbia, per KansasCity.com‘s Tod Palmer.
Anderson is a combined 6-30 in SEC play during his first two seasons at his alma mater.
Now that the program has the NCAA’s blessing to move forward, fans hope a quartet of 3-star signees can help the Tigers win their first NCAA tournament game since 2009.