Missouri announced Friday that softball coach Ehren Earleywine would serve a one-game suspension for a secondary violation of NCAA rules.
“Specifically, Coach Earleywine provided a written offer of athletics aid via email to a prospect prior to Aug. 1 of her senior year,” according to a release from Mizzou athletics announcing the suspension. “While verbal offers of aid prior to a prospect’s senior year are permissible, such offers may not be in written form.”
The violation is a considered a Level III violation, a minor infraction.
Earleywine will not be permitted in the dugout for the Tigers’ season opener against Jacksonville State in Kissimmee, Fla.
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He will be able to return for the second game of a split doubleheader against Elon later Friday afternoon.
Verbal scholarship offers in various sports have been made to students as young as middle school, but Earleywine ran afoul of the NCAA’s rules by writing it down in an email.
Earleywine has turned Missouri softball into a national power since his arrival before the 2007 season. The Tigers are 411-138 during his tenure with three Women’s College World Series appearances.
Mizzou has qualified for the NCAA Tournament each season under Earleywine and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional in seven of nine previous seasons.