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Missouri's Haith will cooperate with NCAA investigation of Miami

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 9:02 p.m. CDT; updated 11:00 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith said in a statement that the NCAA asked to speak to him about allegations made by a former Miami booster about that school's football and basketball programs in an in-depth report posted at Yahoo! Sports.

Haith was the head coach at Miami for the past seven seasons before being hired by the Tigers in April. Haith said he would cooperate with the NCAA's investigation and hoped for a "quick resolution."

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Frank Haith statement on Miami investigation:
In response to a recent news article, I can confirm that the NCAA has asked to speak with me regarding the time I spent at the University of Miami. I am more than happy to cooperate with the national office on this issue and look forward to a quick resolution. The NCAA has instructed me not to comment further at this time in order to protect the integrity of their review, so I appreciate your understanding in this matter. The reports questioning my personal interactions with Mr. Shapiro are not an accurate portrayal of my character and per the above I am unable to comment further.

Missouri Athletics Department statement:
We are aware of today’s Yahoo! Sports story and the University of Missouri acknowledges that the NCAA has requested to speak with Coach Haith regarding his time at the University of Miami. As a member of the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference, the University of Missouri will cooperate fully throughout this process. Per the NCAA’s request and guiding bylaws, we are unable to comment further in order to protect the integrity of their review.



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Nevin Shapiro, who was a Miami booster starting in 2002, said in the Yahoo report that he provided numerous athletes with impermissible benefits up until the time he was convicted of running a $930 million Ponzi scheme in 2010.

The report includes allegations that Haith knew about a $10,000 payment Shapiro made to basketball recruit DeQuan Jones using Miami assistant coach Jake Morton as an intermediary. 

Haith's statement says the NCAA has asked him not to comment in detail about the allegations, but that he feels his relationship with Shapiro was not portrayed correctly in the report.

     


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George Smith August 16, 2011 | 10:41 p.m.
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James Krewson August 16, 2011 | 11:53 p.m.

Dear Lord...

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Ellis Smith August 17, 2011 | 6:09 a.m.

One more NCAA Division I "impropriety."

A Miami booster convicted of running a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

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Michael Williams August 17, 2011 | 10:43 p.m.

A few questions, which first assume the Yahoo investigation is factual (big if):

The NCAA is NOT a law-enforcement organization. Right? If the allegations are factual, have crimes been committed? Does local, state, or federal law enforcement ever get involved in things like this? Can't say I ever remember such a thing.

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