Report: Haith faces notice of NCAA allegations
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
The NCAA’s nearly two-year investigation into Miami’s athletics department is about to hand former men’s basketball coach Frank Haith some bad news, according to a report by CBSSports.com.
The site reported Monday afternoon that the NCAA is expected to release a notice of allegations as early as this week, and that in it, Haith is expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Haith is currently in his second season as head coach at Missouri.
The NCAA’s Stacey Osburn said the organization did not have a comment at this time.
It remains unclear what the penalty for those charges will be, but CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman suggests the unethical conduct aspect could elicit a multiple-year show-cause penalty, similar to that of former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl’s (when he was charged with unethical conduct in 2011).
Haith’s charges stem from an allegation from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro — who is at the heart of the NCAA investigation — that a member of Haith’s staff paid $10,000 to the family of DeQuan Jones, a former player. Yahoo! Sports initially reported the allegation.
CBSSports.com is now reporting that the NCAA was unable to prove that allegation, but the NCAA did not believe Haith’s story that payments to his assistants intended for camp money did not end up repaying Shapiro.
The “failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance” charge stems from impermissible airline travel given the family of two players and the interaction between Shapiro and players while on recruiting visits, according to CBSSports.com.
Haith, who coached at Miami from 2004-11, led Missouri to a 30-4 record and a No. 2 NCAA tournament seed last season. The Tigers were upset by 15-seed Norfolk State in the round of 64.
Three of Haith’s former Miami assistants — Jake Morton (now at Western Kentucky), Jorge Fernandez and Michael Schwartz (currently at Fresno State) — are also expected to receive unethical conduct charges, according to CBSSports.com