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Miami Scandal Touches Mizzou

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The new, supposedly squeaky clean head coach for the University of Missouri men’s basketball team is already going to have to explain things before leading the Tigers into his first game. Frank Haith, the former head coach for the men’s basketball program at the University of Miami, has come forward stating that he plans to cooperate with the eventual investigation that will be conducted by the NCAA over the recent events that came to light on Tuesday.

Yahoo Sports published a big story involving a former Miami Hurricanes booster, Nevin Shapiro, who has confessed to being responsible for a numerous amount of NCAA violations that may have involved over seventy different players.  According to Shapiro, Coach Haith along with other athletic department members, had knowledge of players receiving improper benefits.  Some reports go farther in saying that assistant coach Jake Morton was directly involved.

Statements were released by Coach Frank Haith and the University of Missouri Athletic Department.

Coach Haith’s statement:

In response to a recent news article, I can confirm that the NCAA has asked to speak with me regarding the time I spent at the University of Miami. I am more than happy to cooperate with the national office on this issue and look forward to a quick resolution. The NCAA has instructed me not to comment further at this time in order to protect the integrity of their review, so I appreciate your understanding in this matter. The reports questioning my personal interactions with Mr. Shapiro are not an accurate portrayal of my character and per the above I am unable to comment further.

The University of Missouri’s statement:

We are aware of today’s Yahoo! Sports story and the University of Missouri acknowledges that the NCAA has requested to speak with Coach Haith regarding his time at the University of Miami. As a member of the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference, the University of Missouri will cooperate fully throughout this process. Per the NCAA’s request and guiding bylaws, we are unable to comment further in order to protect the integrity of their review.

Frank Haith, who was hired by Mike Alden last April, was not a fan-favorite amongst most Tigers’ fans to begin with and this possible connection to a scandal certainly does not sway any doubters.  Haith, 45, was the head coach for the Miami Hurricanes from 2004-11.

Nevin Shapiro, who spoke with Yahoo Sports investigators, is in jail for his part in a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

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