Thursday, August 18, 2011

Down Goes Maimi: Collateral Damage Report #2

Jail bird Nevin Shapiro has also told Yahoo Sports he violated NCAA rules with the knowledge or direct participation of at least six Hurricanes coaches, including now Missouri head coach Frank Haith, who was the basketball coach at Miami at the time.

Shapiro said his influence at the school spread to the men’s basketball program in 2007, when he paid $10,000 to help secure the commitment of recruit DeQuan Jones in a transaction set up by assistant coach Jake Morton and later acknowledged by Haith in a one-on-one conversation.

Missouri said Tuesday that it is aware of the report and that the NCAA has asked to speak with Haith, who hasn’t commented publicly about Shapiro’s allegations.

Haith was hired in early April, right about the same time the NCAA launched its investigation at Miami.
At the time, athletic director Mike Alden proclaimed Haith a character hire. It was unknown whether Haith or anyone at Missouri was aware of the NCAA investigation.

Haith’s first season with the Tigers will now begin under a cloud and he was already the subject of skepticism among the Tigers’ faithful after going 129-101 in seven seasons at Miami. Missouri tried to keep Anderson and publicly courted Matt Painter of Purdue before hiring Haith.

Haith has a five-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $1.5 million per season with an automatic one-year contract extension effective May 1, 2012. The contract includes language that states the school can terminate Haith because of “any behavior of the employee that brings him into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or any behavior that is unfavorable to the reputation or moral or ethical standards of the University.”

The contract also states transgressions that occurred prior to being hired also can result in termination.

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