Mizzou football player A.J. Logan is suspended for the Tigers' first six games of the 2017 season. The former Rock Bridge standout is a part of an ongoing NCAA academic fraud investigation, per a release from MU. The investigation began in the Fall of 2016.
"I am looking forward to representing Mizzou on the football field as a senior this Fall, however, I want to let Tiger fans know that I will not be playing during our first six games this season," Logan said. "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, a senior, has recorded 36 tackles in 27 appearances for the Tigers. He's started every game on the defensive line the past two seasons.
"I am proud of A.J. for being honest and transparent with our staff and the NCAA during this ongoing process," Mizzou football coach Barry Odom said. "He has been forthright and cooperative throughout the entire review, and I look forward to watching him walk across the stage with his Mizzou degree in December. While he won't be on the field for the first half of the season, I am confident he will be ready when he returns in mid-October."
Logan will return to the field on October 21 when the Tigers host Idaho on homecoming.
"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," Mizzou athletic director Jim Sterk said. "We remain confidence that this review will reveal that the University, as well as its student-athletes and staff, have shown great integrity in responding to the concerns that were raised."
Sterk added, "In order to protect the the investigation's integrity, we are unable to comment any further on any part of the process until it is completed."
The Mizzou release says University continues to work jointly with the NCAA on these allegations.