COLUMBIA — In a email statement released Saturday, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton clarified his comments on the vetting process of Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith that took place before Haith was hired in April.
Haith, who was the head coach at Miami for the past seven seasons before being hired to coach the Tigers, was named in a Yahoo Sports report alleging numerous NCAA violations at Miami. The report accused Haith of knowledge of a $10,000 payment a former Miami booster made to a Miami basketball recruit in the summer of 2008.
Deaton's comments were made at Friday's UM System Board of Curators meeting. The full release follows below:
“After reading a few accounts this morning, I felt it necessary to provide clarification to my statements following the August 19, 2011, University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting. At no time were we aware of any allegations at the University of Miami, football, basketball, or otherwise, until Tuesday’s Yahoo! Sports report. In the days leading up to the report we, as many of you, heard about the allegations of improprieties at Miami, but that early media information centered around football. That was my contention in the comment below, and the insinuation that we knew about a potential investigation during our hiring process is an incorrect interpretation of my remarks yesterday. As I stated, no evidence of an investigation came up during our vetting process.
“With regard to the search process that resulted in the University of Missouri hiring Frank Haith, we had a very thorough search process in which all candidates were vetted very thoroughly. In the case of Mr. Haith, we’ve documented more than 20 specific reference points, with the NCAA, the Atlantic Coast Conference, administrators at the University of Miami as well as, of course, the former athletic director, and many others in the field, and everything came back very, very clear, very positive and left us reassured that this was an individual that would provide the leadership that we desired at the University of Missouri, so we feel good about the vetting process. The investigation that had begun at some point, was an investigation, as I understand, perhaps of football, and had not reached over into this side at all. No evidence of this came up during the vetting process.”