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Reports: Missouri’s Frank Haith agrees to take the Tulsa job

Apr 17, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

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Frank Haith has agreed in principle to a deal to leave Missouri to become the next head coach at Tulsa, according to multiple reports on Thursday afternoon.

Jeff Goodman of and Gary Parrish of are reporting the deal as done.

Haith might see the writing on the wall with the Tigers. He missed out on the NCAA tournament this past season and will lose Earnest Ross to graduation and Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown to the NBA and he had to dismiss Zach Price after Price was arrested twice in one day for allegedly assaulting Ross and his girlfriend. Ross reportedly filed for a restraining order against Price.

Haith does have a solid recruiting class coming in, but another trip to the NIT could have gotten him fired at Missouri. It’s not a bad course of action to leave before you get fired. Cuonzo Martin did it on Tuesday when he left Tennessee for Cal, Gregg McDermott did it when he left Iowa State for Creighton, Herb Sendek did it by taking the Arizona State job. Oliver Purnell has made a career out of leaving before they force you out. You might even be able to argue that Haith did the same when he left Miami for Missouri three years ago.

Tulsa actually should be pretty good next season. They’re coming off of a trip to the NCAA tournament and the core of their team is made up of sophomores.

As of now, Missouri will probably be the best job available. Look for them to go after some of the same guys as Tennessee.

  1. coryfor3 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    This is the weirdest coaching carousel ever. Buzz to VaTech for less money per year. Haith out at Mizzou because he thinks he’ll be fired soon after being there a couple of years? He walked out on Miami and now is going to walk out on Missouri after a couple of years to go to a school that has had every coach other than Wojcik walk out on them as soon as they have some success? Tubby, Self, Richardson, Manning, Peterson…I would think Tulsa would want someone with a chance of continuity. And Haith was a bad hired at Missouri from the start but apparently this must be an acknowledgment that he hasn’t gotten it done recruiting wise since he started. If he thinks the cupboard is bare and he’s getting out before he’s canned, then I am not sure why another school would want him. This trend of leaving before you’re asked to leave is interesting too. Maybe started by Ed Dechellis leaving Penn State (his alma mater) for Navy a few years ago…

  2. coryfor3 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Could start a whole new domino effect. Look for Missouri to go sniffing around Matt Painter again. That almost happened last time. Painter may be ready to go too if the Tigers can offer a big pay raise and better facilities.

    • tigersfandan - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Thing is, Painter hasn’t exactly impressed the last two years. To me, that means he might be more inclined to listen, but Mizzou might be less inclined to give him something to listen to.

  3. cosmoman11 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Rumor is that Missouri found him the Tulsa job so that he would be gone.

  4. bkell2012 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I would love to see MIZZOU go after Kim Anderson at Central Missouri State. A Norm Stewart guy that has paid his dues at CMSU. D2 national champs this year. Let’s give him a chance and see what he can do. I’m betting he can get the job done.

  5. sportsbastard - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Archie Miller please…

  6. vols84 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    I like Kim Anderson too but he is 58 or 59. He wouldn’t be long term, but at this rate…long term at Mizzou is 5-6 years.

  7. dcbear90 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Kim Anderson is 58? Geez, I remember him playing.

  8. sportsbastard - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    @vols84, kinda like being the football coach @ Tennessee.

  9. vols84 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    @sportsbastard – Truer words have never been spoken.

  10. bigmeechy74 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Terrible hire. Jeez this is a depressing day for TU

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