MU basketball coach not out of the woods
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Missouri men’s head basketball coach Frank Haith won’t be charged by the NCAA with unethical conduct during his time at Miami.
But that doesn’t mean he’s off the hook by the governing body of college sports.
According to NCAA documents provided to the University of Missouri released late Wednesday by the school, Haith is being charged with failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance at Miami.
The allegation states Haith was aware Miami booster Nevin Shapiro threatened that unless then Miami assistant coach Jake Morton or Haith provided him money, Shapiro would go public with a claim he provided money to assist the recruitment of an undisclosed athlete, presumably DeQuan Jones.
Morton is now an assistant coach at Western Kentucky.
“After learning of the threat, Haith failed to alert anyone in the athletics department administration about Shapiro’s threat, ask reasonable questions of Morton to ensure Shapiro’s threat lacked merit or disclose the fact that Morton engaged in financial dealings with Shapiro. Rather, Haith gave Morton funds that Morton then provided to Shapiro,’” the document states.
In another document, the NCAA has informed Missouri it does not face any possible sanctions, but Haith’s ability to coach may be affected “if he is found in violation by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions or the NCAA Division I Infraction Appeals Committee.”
Haith received notice of the allegation a couple of hours prior to Tuesday night’s 63-60 victory against Florida at Mizzou Arena.
“It is just an allegation, so we get a chance to defend ourselves,” Haith said after the contest. “But the biggest thing I want to tell you is I’m glad this thing is almost over with.”
The investigation into Shapiro’s dealings with the Miami athletic department has gone on for nearly two years.
Haith could have a hearing with the NCAA Committee on Infractions this summer.