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NCAA says 'guidelines didn’t matter' to former soccer coach at Missouri Southern State College – KCUR

The previous soccer coach on the heart of the demise of a Kansas junior faculty participant has been accused by the NCAA of main violations “the place compliance was an afterthought, if not totally dismissed and disregarded.”

The violations had been leveled Friday in a scathing 25-page report towards Jeff Sims and Missouri Southern State College in Joplin.

Sims coached at MSSU for under two years. Throughout that point, the NCAA investigation advised, Sims had little regard for the principles.

“He set a tone in his program whereby his personal actions and phrases demonstrated that NCAA guidelines didn’t matter,” the NCAA stated in its report, issued by the Division II Committee on Infractions.

Earlier than taking the job at MSSU, Sims was head soccer coach at Backyard Metropolis Group Faculty. Sims was teaching there in August 2018, when freshman offensive lineman Braedon Bradforth died of exertional warmth stroke after a grueling exercise on the second day he was on campus.

An investigation paid for by GCCC a yr after Bradforth’s demise blamed “a striking lack of leadership” by top college officials, including Sims.

Sims left Backyard Metropolis after the 2018 season to take the pinnacle teaching job at MSSU. The college fired him in 2020, giving no purpose however paying Sims $110,000 in severance.


Christina Elias


KCUR 89.3

Former Backyard Metropolis Group Faculty head soccer coach Jeff Sims (center on the desk) attended a media day in Kansas Metropolis after turning into a soccer coach at Missouri Southern College.

The NCAA’s report suggests one purpose MSSU may need parted methods with Sims so shortly.

“Other than immediately committing and never addressing recognized violations, the pinnacle coach created and maintained an adversarial atmosphere between his program, athletics management and compliance professionals,” the NCAA stated in its report.

Amongst different violations, the investigation uncovered that Sims satisfied a MSSU booster to pay a again tuition invoice for a GCCC participant in order that participant might switch to Missouri Southern to play for Sims.

The NCAA started investigating this system in April 2020 when the college’s human sources division discovered of potential violations throughout an exit interview with an assistant coach, the report stated.

MSSU and the NCAA agreed to penalties together with three years’ probation for the soccer program, a discount in soccer scholarships and a $5,000 positive.

“Because the time of the violations, each the soccer program and athletic division are beneath new management,” MSSU stated in an announcement.

“In the present day, as we transfer ahead,” added College President Dean Van Galen, “Missouri Southern is dedicated to a extremely aggressive NCAA Division II athletics program that helps an important student-athlete expertise and prioritizes attaining these objectives inside a tradition of compliance.”

Sims is out of teaching and now works for a transferring firm in Lenexa.

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