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Mizzou to Hire Frank Haith

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Frank Haith roaming the sidelines for Miami during 2011 season. (Getty/Streeter Lecka)

Frank Haith roaming the sidelines for Miami during 2011 season. (Getty/Streeter Lecka)

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MIAMI (AP) — Frank Haith has agreed in principle to take over as coach at Missouri, leaving Miami after seven seasons, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press late Sunday night.

Haith has not signed a contract, according to the person, who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because Missouri officials had not formally approved the new deal. The Columbia, Mo., Tribune reported that the Missouri Board of Curators would meet in closed session Monday night to essentially close the hiring.

Haith was expected to return to Coral Gables, Fla., on Monday to tell the Miami players of his decision personally, then be introduced in Missouri as early as Tuesday.

Miami officials did not immediately return late-night messages seeking comment.

Missouri has been seeking a replacement for Mike Anderson, who left the Tigers late last month to take over Arkansas. Missouri tried unsuccessfully to lure away Purdue’s Matt Painter, who wound up staying with the Boilermakers and accepting an eight-year extension.

The Tigers have made three straight NCAA tournaments, and their 77 wins over the past three seasons is the best such total in school history.

For the Hurricanes, it means a wild few months of turnover will get even wilder.

Randy Shannon was fired as football coach in November by athletic director Kirby Hocutt, who resigned about a month ago to take over at Texas Tech. So now, Miami has an interim athletic director in Tony Hernandez, and is about to be without a men’s basketball coach as well.

Haith has two years left on his contract with Miami, worth a total of about $3 million. He has gone 129-101 in seven years with the Hurricanes, who return virtually everyone from a team that went 21-15 this season.

Copyright Associated Press

Our earlier story:

UNDATED (KMOX) – The University of Missouri could be looking to the ACC for its next head basketball coach.

ESPN’s Andy Katz reported late Sunday night that MU athletic director Mike Alden met with Miami Hurricanes coach Frank Haith, Saturday in Houston & offered Haith the job, which Katz reports Haith accepted.

Details are still to be worked out, but the contract may be in the six-year range, according to Katz.

The 45-year-old Haith is a former assistant coach with Texas & several other schools. He posted a 121-101 record in seven years as head coach at Miami.  

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