The NCAA Committee on Infractions yesterday placed the University of Missouri basketball team on two years' probation -- including a ban from this season's NCAA tournament and severe limitations on recruiting next year and on scholarships for two years -- for major violations from 1985 until 1988 and a lack of institutional control.

The violations mainly involved recruiting, but the NCAA said the most serious involved Missouri awarding athletic financial aid to a player ineligible for it. The NCAA also cited Missouri for letting the player practice after it was informed he was ineligible to do so under university rules.

"This is a case in which a highly successful program came to operate over time without direct accountable control by the university through the director of athletics," according to the infractions report. " . . . The head coach {Norm Stewart} delegated many of his responsibilities to his assistants, and neither the assistants nor the head coach maintained records, checks and balances, or identifiable processes for institutional control."

Stewart, 55, was red-eyed and emotional in defending his program at a news conference, the Associated Press reported. "In hindsight, we can always do better," he said. "I think there are some things that are humanly impossible to do. At the same time, I feel comfortable."

Under the sanctions imposed, Missouri is prohibited from providing any paid recruiting visits in men's basketball during the calendar year 1991, only one staff member may recruit and evaluate players off campus in 1991, the university may award only one basketball scholarship for the 1991-92 academic year and no more than two for 1992-93.

The infractions committee said the sanctions reflected leniency from automatic minimum penalties because Missouri had no history of NCAA violations and accepted responsibility for the violations. However, while the institution accepted responsibility, Stewart and assistant coaches Bob Sundvold and Rich Daly did not, the report said.

The infractions committee said it imposed institutional penalties on recruiting, instead of imposing individual sanctions on Sundvold and Daly, both of whom were cited for unethical conduct.

Sundvold and Daly resigned yesterday, effective at the close of the 1990-91 season. Missouri chancellor Haskell Monroe Jr., who indicated the university would not appeal the sanctions, said at a news conference the resignations were voluntary. Asked if immediate resignations would have been preferable, he said, "We don't need any more disturbances right now."

Sundvold was cited by the NCAA for willful violations of NCAA rules involving freshman recruit C.P. Mayes of Cincinnati, the player involved in the academic-related issue. The report said Sundvold became involved in a series of violations concerning Mayes, starting when he lent money to the athlete to return home in hopes of clearing up uncertainties in his transcript.

The NCAA said these activities came to light when the player's mother, in a conversation with a university program, mentioned the airline tickets. The program director, according to the NCAA, recognized that as a violation. He contacted Sundvold, who said he would report the violation to Stewart and the athletic director. Weeks passed before Sundvold reported the matter to his superiors, according to the report.

Daly, who coached the team the final two months of the 1988-89 season while Stewart was treated for cancer, misled and refused to cooperate with NCAA investigators concerning an alleged violation in which he and a booster flew back to Detroit on a private plane with an unnamed prospect, the NCAA said. "In fact," the report said, he "would not remember anything connected with this or other highly visible recruits in the Detroit area."

The NCAA banned all athletic staff members from contact with the booster for two years.

Schools ineligible for 1991 NCAA

Div. I men's basketball tournament:



Illinois..........Robert Morris

Kentucky..........Northwestern St. (La.)

Source: NCAA