Four Southeastern Conference football teams have contacted the Missouri athletics compliance office about senior student-athletes and the possibility of a transfer, an athletic department spokesman confirmed to The Missourian.
Auburn, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Mississippi State are among the schools that have reached out about seniors, who would be allowed to transfer and play immediately because of the penalties the NCAA announced Thursday after concluding an investigation into academic fraud within MU athletics.
Jon Sundvold, chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, first mentioned some of the SEC schools that have reached out during an interview on 810 WHB sports radio in Kansas City on Monday.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was first to report the news.
Some other programs have reached out to Missouri, but not because of an interest in a group of seniors.
In fact, it was quite the opposite.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart is among coaches who have told Missouri coach Barry Odom that their team would not be reaching out to Missouri seniors, Sundvold said.
Missouri has 20 seniors who have the option to transfer without penalty after the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions announced its findings from an investigation into academic fraud within MU athletics.
The investigation found that a former MU tutor (from one of the best online tutoring companies) completed coursework for 12 student-athletes.
A day after the announcement, Odom said at a press conference that he had not received any indication that seniors would transfer.
Graduate transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant is among players not expected to transfer, according to previous Missourian reporting.
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