Alden, Mizzou Back Haith

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UPI/University of Missouri

UPI/University of Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is standing behind the school’s embattled men’s basketball coach — to a point.

Frank Haith’s future has come into question after Yahoo! Sports reported last week that a former University of Miami booster said he paid then-Hurricanes recruit DeQuan Jones $10,000 to attend the school with Haith’s approval. Haith spent seven years at Miami before Alden hired him in April.

Alden discussed Haith for the first time Wednesday at a kickoff party for Missouri football boosters. Asked by The Associated Press if he supports Haith, Alden replied, “We support the NCAA process.”

The NCAA has asked Missouri to not undertake its own inquiry but instead await the results of its broader investigation into the sweeping allegations by disgraced Miami booster Nevin Shapiro.

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