Mizzou Tutor Ready to Reveal Names in Fraud Case

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A former tutor for the University of Missouri says she’s ready to release the names of athletes for whom she took tests and completed assignments. 

Yolanda Kumar alleges that the Missouri athletic department engaged in extensive academic fraud. The university announced in November 2016 that it was looking into the case.

According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, Kumar took to Twitter Wednesday to voice her frustration with the case.

“So...On July 18, 2018, at 1839 I will release the full list of students, classes, and coordinators on TWITTER, poor people’s justice site, along side the new allegations,” Kumar tweeted. “I have nothing to fear. I am tired, I am broke, and FEARLESS.”

In April, Kumar posted a letter from athletic director Jim Sterk, which states that Kumar had provided impermissible benefits to athletes, which is something she had previously admitted to in both an interview with the Tribune, as well as to the NCAA during its investigation into the matter.

The Missouri athletic department issued the following statement in response to Kumar’s tweet:

“As has been the case since November 2016 when the University of Missouri began its comprehensive review of the allegations brought to the department’s attention, the University has worked in step with the NCAA and outside counsel to thoroughly investigate these serious charges. During the course of this review, nearly 50 individuals were interviewed to determine the facts in this matter,” the university wrote in a statement Monday.

“On June 13, 2018, the University appeared before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to review its investigative findings, and the Committee has since added a previously unnamed involved party and given notice of the Committee’s allegation to that individual. While the University may not disclose the names of any involved student due to FERPA, we remain confident that this review will reveal that the University, as well as its student-athletes and staff, have shown great integrity in responding to the allegations raised. In order to protect the investigation’s integrity and in accordance with NCAA rules relative to ongoing investigations, we are unable to comment further any part of the process until it is completed.”

Kumar said in another tweet that she has refused to sign a confidentiality agreement, which would prevent her from speaking about the case.

Missouri suspended defensive tackle A.J. Logan for six games last season for receiving impermissible benefits.

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