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Columbia Missourian

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Allegations surround Haith

By Wade Rupard
January 27, 2013 | 6:55 p.m. CST
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith reacts on the sidelines during the Tigers' 81-59 win over Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. This weekend, Haith and other coaches across the country are wearing sneakers during games as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend, which is an effort to encourage awareness of the fight against cancer and promote the American Cancer Society.

While the Missouri men's basketball team won two Southeastern Conference home games this week, the allegations surrounding head coach Frank Haith's tenure at the University of Miami continued to make headlines.

On Wednesday the NCAA announced that the notice of allegations surrounding Haith and the University of Miami athletics program had been put on hold pending an investigation.

This came after CBS reported Haith could receive a notice of allegations as early as this week. The report, citing an anonymous source, said Haith could be charged with unethical conduct. If true, the unethical conduct charge could result in Haith receiving a multi-year show-cause penalty. As Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star describes, the show-cause penalty could put Haith's job in jeopardy.

On the court, the Missouri men's basketball team came from behind to defeat the South Carolina Gamecocks 71-65 on Tuesday. The Tigers bounced back after their loss to the Florida Gators.

The Tigers also captured a second win of the week on Saturday, trouncing Vanderbilt 81-59. Sophomore Jabari Brown led the Tigers in scoring with 21 points. The Tigers improved to 15-4 overall and 4-2 in Southeastern Conference play.

Missouri women's basketball has up and down week

The Missouri women's basketball team picked up its first SEC road win with a thrilling 73-72 overtime win against Ole Miss. Later in the week, the Missouri women's team fell to the Arkansas Razorbacks 58-50 on Thursday. The Tigers turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 25 Arkansas points. With the loss to Arkansas, the Tigers fell to 13-7 overall and 2-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

Softball, baseball begin preparations for 2013 season

The Missouri softball team kicked off practice at Devine Pavillion on Friday. Last season, the team advanced to the 2012 Super Regional before being bounced by LSU. Missouri will enter the season ranked as the No. 8 team in the country.

The Missouri baseball team held their first scrimmage on Friday. Left-handed starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny will be called upon by coaches to be "the guy" during the 2013 season. The Tigers begin their season on Feb. 15 against Southern Mississippi.