Missouri coach Haith suspended five games
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Former Miami men’s basketball coach Frank Haith, now the head coach at Missouri, will serve a five-game suspension for failing to monitor the activities of his assistant coaches and attempting to “cover up the booster’s threats to disclose incriminating information,” according to a Tuesday NCAA press release.
The NCAA announced the findings of its investigation into disgraced Miami booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro’s relationship with Miami athletics on Tuesday.
It found that then-Miami coach Haith and an assistant coach provided Shapiro $10,000 after he threatened to expose previous improper contact with high school recruits and amateur coaches.
Shapiro initially demanded Haith return a $50,000 donation, but the coach refused. The unidentified assistant then loaned Shapiro $7,000, which he later repaid. The NCAA also found that Haith helped his assistant pay off Shapiro’s mother.
Frank Haith spoke to the enforcement staff on Sept. 5 of his time at Miami on Sept. 5, and noted that it’s a larger issue.
“Did we win enough games for the Miami supporters? You read the papers, I don’t think they felt that great about what we did there. I didn’t recruit, I didn’t get the five-star guys. And let’s, like I said, let’s don’t be naïve about the level. Our business is corrupt and how we got to deal with these guys at the high level kid.”
Contributing: The Associated Press, Rachel George.