Mizzou announced an investigation into potential academic rules violations today. Now, a former Missouri tutor has stepped forward and admitted to academic fraud.
Earlier today, the school put out a statement, announcing that it is reviewing allegations of academic misconduct by a Missouri tutor. From MUTigers.com:
The University of Missouri has received allegations of potential academic rules violations by a former tutor in the Athletics Academic Services area. Consistent with our commitment to rules compliance and to operating our athletics program with integrity, we are conducting a review of the allegations. We also have informed the NCAA who is working with us on this matter. To protect the integrity of the review process, we will not comment further at this time.
Later in the evening, Yolanda Kumar, a former Missouri tutor, admitted to her role in academic fraud involving athletes from the school's revenue sports. She doesn't name football or men's basketball specifically, but those are generally the two "revenue sports" in college athletics.
The text from the post, via The Kansas City Star:
“I have knowingly participated in academic dishonesty in my position as a tutor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Intercollegiate Athletic department, which is not limited to assistance with assignments. I have taken and assisted with entrance assessment, completed entire courses, and I been present to provide assistance with online assessments. It was encouraged, promoted, and supported by at least two Academic Coordinators for athletes in revenue generating sports, however, the wide spread desperation to succeed by other student-athletes at the bottom of an inverted pyramid of the organization’s construct cross (sic) multiple sports. I self-reported on November 2 and naively wanted to close the door on the manner after seeking counsel. I immediately resigned from my position on November 7 prior to meeting with a member for compliance, general counsel, and an individual that reports to the chancellor."
The latest allegations come on the heels of the Missouri men's basketball program being banned from post-season play just last season due to impermissible benefits. The program also vacated the entire 2013-14 season.