COLUMBIA — A former player of Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith was declared ineligible by the University of Miami, the university said in a release.
In an ongoing investigation between the NCAA and University of Miami, it was found that junior center Reggie Johnson's family received impermissible travel benefits from a member of Haith's former Miami staff.
The release states that Johnson's family was told by the staff member that the benefits were permissible, and that Johnson was unaware of the transaction.
The University of Miami is "seeking his immediate reinstatement from the NCAA," the release said. "Johnson, his family and the University will continue to cooperate with the NCAA throughout the process."
Last August Yahoo Sports reported Haith was aware of a $10,000 payment to then-Miami recruit DeQuan Jones by booster Nevin Shapiro, who is serving a 20 year prison sentence for a Ponzi scheme. The report sparked a joint investigation by the NCAA and Miami.
Miami announced on Nov. 10 that Jones would sit out the season and fully cooperate with the NCAA during the investigation. The next month, on Dec. 20, Jones was reinstated to play after sitting out the first ten games of the season. This decision was made by University of Miami in consultation with the NCAA.
In the statement concerning Johnson, Haith was not named and Shapiro has not been linked. Haith denies Shapiro's claims and is still under investigation.
"We're doing great things here at the University of Missouri. We're cooperating with the NCAA fully," Haith said in Monday's Big 12 teleconference. "I'll just be glad when this thing is over with."