NCAA Will Suspend Missouri Coach Frank Haith For Five Games
COLUMBIA, Mo. (CBS Sports) – The NCAA will suspend Missouri coach Frank Haith for five games for his role in the Miami scandal that was first detailed nearly 800 days ago, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish on Tuesday.
The development was first reported by Miami radio host Joe Rose.
The NCAA charged Haith with “failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance” in February after a lengthy investigation prompted by a Yahoo! Sports report in 2011 that alleged Haith had knowledge of a $10,000 payment to a family member of former Miami player DeQuan Jones.
Nevin Shapiro, the former Miami booster around which the Yahoo! report centered, said he gave the money to former Miami assistant Jake Morton for that purpose. Haith has repeatedly denied all charges.
Haith coached Miami from 2004 to 2011. He is about to enter his third season at Missouri.
Frank Haith issued this statement:
“While I strongly disagree with today’s report, and the inference on how the program was run at the University of Miami, as head basketball coach during that period, I accept responsibility for all actions in and around that program. This has been an excruciating ordeal for my family. An appeal, which would likely drag further into the season, would only prolong what has already been a lengthy and trying period of time for our student-athletes, the University of Missouri and our fans, and it’s time for closure.
I’m pleased with the positive working relationship we have with our compliance staff at Mizzou and we will continue our focus in that area as we move forward. I am very humbled and grateful for the support that I have received from the University of Missouri, its leadership, and our tremendous fans.”
University of Missouri Chancellor, Brady Deaton, issued this statement:
“I have reviewed the findings of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions related to the University of Miami athletic program. Given our respect for the principles of compliance in intercollegiate sports, we will not appeal the sanctions placed on our Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Frank Haith.
The University of Missouri has a strong culture of compliance. I can firmly say that since April of 2011 when he joined our family, Coach Haith has reaffirmed our values of compliance in every way, and we fully expect that to continue. We owe our student-athletes, our university, our state, and Mizzou Nation no less.”