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Report: Frank Haith, Miami to be served with notice of allegations from NCAA

Jan 21, 2013, 5:29 PM EST

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The University of Miami, and former Miami coach/current Missouri coach Frank Haith, will be served with a notice of allegations from the NCAA, according to CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman.

The news comes as part of the aftermath from an investigation into former Hurricane booster Nevin Shapiro, who is currently serving time in prison for finanacial crimes and told Yahoo.com’s Charles Robinson in August 2011 about various payments and benefits he gave Miami athletes in his time in connection with the university.

Haith, who is in his second year with the Tigers, is expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, along with his former staff at Miami — Jake Horton, Michael Schwartz and Jorge Fernandez — according to the report.

Haith’s charges could lead to a multiple-year show-cause penalty, Goodman also reported.

That’s the biggest problem for Haith and Missouri at this point. I highly doubt that the Tigers are in any danger of having what happened in Coral Gables blow back on them. That’s unheard of, really. But would Mizzou be able to keep him after all this? Especially if the show-cause goes past, say, two years. As Goodman points out, former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl got five years for lying to the NCAA about hosting a recruit at a barbecue at this home.

That’s the one thing I’m worried about if I’m Haith. My job security. Most of the infractions had to do with the football team, which is where the investigation was focused to begin with. However, it’s not easy to shake any allegations that come from the NCAA, in terms of keeping whatever job you have, when they have to do with a major investigation.

Also, what will happen to Morton, Fernandez and Schwartz? The program’s those coaches are at are safe as well, I’d imagine — Horton is a Western Kentucky, Schwartz at Fresno State, no word on where Fernandez is now — but with the amount of accusations and charges about to be levied on a bunch of former and current Hurricane staffers, players and officials, I’d assume they get some sort of retroactive punishment as well.

The charges stem from Shapiro’s accusations that Haith and his staff paid Shapiro with money from a basketball camp. Haith told the NCAA that the money went to his assistants.

From Goodman’s report:

However, Haith will be charged with unethical conduct because the NCAA did not believe his story that payments to his assistants intended for camp money did not wind up going to repay Shapiro, who made the allegations to Yahoo Sports back in August of 2011. A source said that the money was delivered to Shapiro’s mother — who verified the payment to the NCAA.

The failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance stems from “impermissible airline travel that was given to the family of two players from a member of his staff and also the interaction between Shapiro and players while on visits” Goodman wrote.

Those involved in the case have up to 90 days to respond.

So what does Missouri do if all goes according to the NCAA’s plan? Let Haith go? Suspend him? Support him? If the program can show the NCAA that Haith has been a model coach since leaving Miami, maybe he gets to keep his job. He’s done a decent job in his first year-and-a-half in Columbia.

Success or not, however brief, when the NCAA labels you a cheater, under circumstances like these, it’s hard to keep any job you have after that. It’ll be interesting to see if Haith keeps his, or what happens to him going forward in general.

David Harten is the editor and founder of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

  1. florida727 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    If I’m Missouri and I’m happy with the job Haith has done in Columbia, I tell the NCAA to go f— themselves.

    If I’m Haith and the NCAA costs me my job, I file a defamation suit. (Let me give you a hint: he’d win.)

    The past is exactly that… the past. Historically, the penalties have never followed the coach to his next job. Start now, NCAA, and you’d better prepare for war.

  2. jdubkc - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    @ florida727

    The past is the past? You have no clue. What,.. does the NCAA look to the future for violations? The NCAA looks into these incidents when they are uncovered by the media. Haith is caught in a lie 100%. NCAA will not take this lightly, especially with all the recent violations; Tennessee, North Carolina, etc… Even if it comes with a light penalty, Missouri will have a new coach next year I 1000% guarantee it. MU cannot wait until next October to find out his fate, thats too big of a gamble. MU needs to know they have a coach. Haith is midiocure at best, he inherited a loaded squad with Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe in 2011 at took advantage. Look at the team without them LOL. This is a blessing to MU, with a crappy team sitting 5th in the conference beating one good team. Defamation suit… LOL. Not only does Mizz-who suck, they have a cheater coach says “the past”.

  3. sportsbastard - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Typical Chickenhawk comment. Still rear end hurt that we moved on to the big show. (SEC)

  4. blingslade - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Mizzou can’t afford to keep Haith under these circumstances..esp. since they’re finding out he’s not that great of a HC..and he’s not a good liar either.

  5. jdubkc - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    LOL… I’m just speaking the truth Jackhole. BTW I’m a Shocker, you know… a ranked team.

  6. dolfan66r - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Nevin Shapiro aka jock sniffer/ponzi schemer/convicted felon/NCAA informant

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