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|Dick Vitale's Take|
Yes, the NCAA infractions committee decided to take away one scholarship next year and two in 2006-07, and the decision also limits all of Missouri's basketball coaches to recruiting on campus until November 2005.
Wow, coach Quin Snyder and his basketball program got a lucky break. The Tigers could have been banned from the NCAA for a two-year period. The NCAA used good judgment by hitting the Tigers in recruiting. The penalty, which prevents the staff from recruiting off campus for one year, is not a slap on the wrist.
For those who feel it's a light penalty, think again. Recruiting is a key to winning -- you've got to have players. This will impact Missouri's program for several years. It won't be easy to compete in the Big 12 with that type of sanction, but Missouri will have a new arena as a positive selling point.
Now Snyder and his new staff have to put it all behind them, get rejuvenated and move on in a positive manner.