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Missouri Tigers self-impose sanctions for violations under Frank Haith; Skipping SEC Tournament

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The Missouri Tigers basketball program is already enduring one of the rougher stretches it's had in recent memory, but it's about to get a lot worse.

The school announced Wednesday that through an investigation alongside the NCAA, it was revealed that violations of NCAA bylaws occurred dating back to 2011.

In doing so, four levels of violations in the NCAA enforcement process were revealed, ranging from Level I and Level II, considered major infractions, to Level III and Level IV, which are secondary in nature.

That's bad, and it's why the school is already self-imposing heavy sanctions. The school will vacate the entire 2013-14 season and has imposed a postseason ban for 2015-16 and will lose a scholarship in 2015-16 and another one by 2017-18. That '13 season included a berth in the NIT Tournament.

In December 2013, the NCAA enforcement staff received information regarding potential violations involving a then men's basketball student-athlete. A notice of inquiry was provided to the institution on April 14, 2014, and it's just now coming to light how bad the program will suffer as a result of these violations.

Unsurprisingly, that's when Haith left to become the head coach at Tulsa of all places, a clear step down that made no sense at the time, but now makes it look clear that Haith and/or his staff cheated and new that sanctions were coming.

In fact, Haith was suspended five games prior to the 2013-14 season as the result of an NCAA investigation. It's unfortunate the acts of a few men will likely land this program on probation and probably cripple it for several years.