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Missouri Head Coach Responds To NCAA Sanctions

A closeup of Missouri coach Barry Odom.

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 4: Barry Odom head coach of the Missouri Tigers directs his team against the Florida Gators in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Earlier today Missouri football received a postseason ban for the 2019 season after the NCAA found that a dozen Missouri athletes had coursework completed by a former university tutor.

The Division I committee on infractions passed down its ruling Thursday afternoon, after finding that the tutor completed online coursework for "most" of the athletes involved.

After the news was announced, star transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant reportedly decided to stay with the team, despite being eligible immediately if he decided to transfer. It's huge news for head coach Barry Odom, who released a statement about the NCAA's decision.

"The committee's decision is completely unjust and unfair - to our team, to our staff and to our alumni. I'm very grateful for the clear, decisive, and unified leadership we have here at Mizzou, and I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can to assist with the appeals process," Odom said in the statement.

After an 8-5 season that included a loss in the Liberty Bowl, the Tigers got big news, winning the sweepstakes for Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant.

Now the team will have to enter the 2019 college football season with the knowledge that a successful campaign won't lead them to a bowl game, pending appeal.