On January 31, 2019, the NCAA gave the Tigers a postseason ban for the 2019 season. The Tigers' baseball and softball teams were also declared ineligible for postseason play. The NCAA found that a former University of Missouri tutor violated NCAA bylaws by completing coursework for 12 student athletes in football, baseball, and softball. The tutor or any of the athletes involved in the investigation were not named in the NCAA's report. The tutor received a 10-year show-cause for her involvement in the penalties. The NCAA issued the following penalties:
3 years of probation.
a 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the tutor must restrict her from any athletically related duties.
a 2018-19 postseason ban for the baseball and softball programs.
a 2019-20 postseason ban for the football program.
a vacation of records in which football, baseball and, softball student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the matches impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
a 5 percent reduction in the amount of scholarships in each of the football, baseball, and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year.
Recruiting restrictions for each of the football, baseball, and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year, including: a 7-week ban on unofficial visits, a 12.5 percent reduction in official visits, a 7-week ban on recruiting communications, a 7-week ban on all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations, a 12.5 percent reduction in recruiting-person or evaluation days.
a disassociation of the tutor.
a fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the football, baseball, and softball budgets.