Report: MU’s Haith May Face NCAA Charges Over U. of Miami Scandal
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri men’s head basketball coach Frank Haith have won a lot of games over the last season and a half – but his job status may soon be in jeopardy following reports that he may soon face NCAA investigation over his role in an alleged scandal at his previous employer, the University of Miami.
According to CBSSports.com, the NCAA plans to charge Haith with, “unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance” as early as Tuesday.
The allegations stem from the NCAA’s investigation into the University of Miami’s Athletic Department. In 2011, a Miami booster named Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports that he gave Miami football and basketball recruits thousands of dollars over an eight-year period, and that the football and basketball coaches were part of the scheme.
Haith has denied the allegations – which also include allegations that he allowed an assistant coach to pay for the family of two players to fly to Miami, and for allowing Shapiro to interact with recruits during campus visits.
In a statement, the University of Missouri said, “The University has been in communication with the NCAA regarding their ongoing efforts related to the University of Miami investigation. Coach Haith and the University of Missouri continue to cooperate fully. However, we are not at liberty to comment further out of respect for the NCAA process.”
If Haith is given notice of the allegations, he will have 90 days to respond in writing to the NCAA, and would have to appear at a hearing in June in front of the NCAA Infractions Committee. Any punishment would be given out 4 to 6 months later.
If he is punished, Mizzou could appeal or fire Haith.