Missouri senior nose tackle A.J. Logan has been suspended for six games by the NCAA as part of its ongoing review of academic fraud allegations that surfaced last November.
Yolanda Kumar, a former tutor in the Tigers’ Total Person Program, claimed to have performed schoolwork for more than a dozen student-athletes, including taking some online tests.
It’s unclear the specifics of the allegations against Logan, but he owned up to his role in getting suspended in a statement released by Mizzou athletics.
“Please understand that I accept this penalty as a consequence of my actions and that I have fully cooperated with both the University and the NCAA throughout the review process,” Logan said. “While I am saddened that I will miss the first six games of my senior year, I know in my heart that I have told the truth, cooperated with the University and NCAA, and I am now focused on working hard in the classroom and on the field in the weeks ahead.”
Logan has 36 career tackles in 27 appearances with the Tigers, including starts in all 12 games last season.
“I am proud of A.J. for being honest and transparent with our staff and the NCAA during this ongoing process,” MU coach Barry Odom said in a statement. “He has been forthright and cooperative throughout the entire review, and I look forward to watching him watch across the stage with his Mizzou degree in December.”
Logan (6-2, 325), a senior from Rock Bridge High in Columbia, is a general studies major, according to MU’s online roster.
The suspension is the first known punishment handed down stemming from the NCAA’s joint inquiry with Missouri into Kumar’s allegations.
Tigers athletic director Jim Sterk has repeatedly said he doesn’t expect the investigation to become a department-wide issue and told The Star last month that MU hasn’t self-imposed departmental sanctions as a result of its probe.
“As has been the case since last fall when the University of Missouri began its comprehensive review, the University continues to work in concert with the NCAA and outside counsel to address these serious allegations, and we look forward to having this matter resolved, and this is another step in the process,” Sterk said in a statement. “We remain confident that this review will reveal the University, as well as the student-athletes and staff, have shown great integrity in responding to the concerns that were raised.”
Sterk said he’ll have no further comment on the investigation at this time.
At least one more current Tigers football player, who did not play in Saturday’s 72-43 victory against Missouri State at Memorial Stadium, could face punishment from the NCAA, but Odom could not comment on who the player was.
The second situation is not yet resolved, but Odom said sophomore safety Ronnell Perkins’ absence stemmed from an ongoing hamstring injury and wasn’t related to a suspension.