The NCAA admitted that North Carolina’s punishment wasn’t as bad because the Tar Heels stood by their courses and the grades that were given.Missouri, meanwhile, admitted to some wrongdoing.The NCAA report distinguished the difference between the North Carolina & Mizzou academic fraud cases/rulings: pic.twitter.com/gFvh3l5Xn7— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) January 31, 2019Now, everyone is saying that you should not ever cooperate with the NCAA.Missouri got the old “exemplary cooperation” gold star from Indianapolis and still got nuked.NEVERCOOPERATEWITH THE NCAA pic.twitter.com/1wjlXoV7j9— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) January 31, 2019Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples pushed back on this idea a bit, though.“USC would disagree with this assessment. They got hit harder in the Bush case because they didn’t cooperate. UNC had the good fortune of the NCAA trying to call something an extra benefit when it clearly didn’t fit the NCAA’s own definition of an extra benefit,” he tweeted.USC would disagree with this assessment. They got hit harder in the Bush case because they didn’t cooperate. UNC had the good fortune of the NCAA trying to call something an extra benefit when it clearly didn’t fit the NCAA’s own definition of an extra benefit. https://t.co/O3uGUSfAyY— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) January 31, 2019Regardless, Missouri clearly got hit pretty hard here and it could prompt a serious exodus of players from the Tigers’ program.Stay tuned. LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 21: A general view of the court ahead of the game between the UCLA Bruins and UAB Blazers in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The NCAA is facing some harsh criticism today for handing Missouri a significantly worse punishment than North Carolina, despite both schools having somewhat similar academic scandals.Missouri’s football program has been given a 2019-20 postseason ban and a couple of their other athletic programs have been punished, too.North Carolina, meanwhile, didn’t get hit with anything close to that.The reason, basically: North Carolina didn’t cooperate with the NCAA while Missouri did.