TIMELINE: The two-year NCAA investigation of the University of Miami and Frank Haith is coming to close

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 5:43 p.m. CST; updated 8:23 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 21, 2013

2001 — Nevin Shapiro gathers up enough funds to become a University of Miami booster. His first contact with the athletics department is through participating in the “Living Scholar” program, where he helped fund Willis McGahee’s scholarship.

2004Frank Haith is hired by Miami. Prior to his arrival, Miami had two consecutive losing seasons. He takes the Hurricanes to the postseason for the first time since 2002 in 2004 and becomes a contender for the Naismith College Coach of the Year award.


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Summer 2008Shapiro is allegedly told by Miami assistant Jake Morton that a family member of then-recruit DeQuan Jones required $10,000 for his commitment to UM. Morton goes to Shapiro’s house to pick up cash.

Former Miami equipment manager Sean Allen watches Shapiro pick up the money from his safe, according to Shapiro.

Later in the summer, Haith thanks Shapiro in person at David’s Cafe in Miami.

August 2008 — Shapiro pays for Haith’s meals at high-end Miami eateries and strip clubs.

November 2009 — The housing collapse and poor economy force Shapiro into bankruptcy. His grocery and real estate business is revealed as a Ponzi scheme and falls apart. 

April 2010 — Shapiro surrenders to authorities in New Jersey.

June 2010Haith, Morton and the rest of the Miami athletics department ignore Shapiro's phone calls, according to Shapiro. Mortonbrings back the $10,000 to Shapiro's bodyguard.

September 2010 — Shapiro is convicted of securities fraud and money laundering.

March 2011 — Shapiro, who said he was upset about how Miami treated him after he was convicted, mails his allegations to NCAA investigators. Investigation into his allegations begins.

April 4, 2011Haith leaves Miami for Missouri. He does not bring any of his assistants from Miami with him.

May 2011 — NCAA investigators spend hours talking to Shapiro in person with a court reporter and sorting through his documents.

Aug. 16, 2011Yahoo! Sports releases an extensive investigation of Shapiro’s activities. Morton is accused of violating NCAA rules by taking the $10,000. Haith is accused of having knowledge of Shapiro’s and Morton’s activity.

Aug 17, 2011 — Haith releases a statement to Yahoo! Sports, denying the accuracy of the reports.

Aug. 30, 2011Eight Miami football players are suspended. Three of them received benefits to enroll at Miami.One of the players, Olivier Vernon, was suspended for six games for receiving $1,200 worth of benefits from Shapiro.

Nov. 10, 2011DeQuan Jones is suspended for the year by Miami, not the NCAA.

Dec. 20, 2011 — Jones is reinstated after 11 games. Jones had hired attorneys to try and repeal Miami’s suspension. According to the Miami Herald, the school could not find evidence of inappropriate behavior. One day before his hearing, Miami allows Jones to return. Jones’ lawyer, Jason Setchen, said in a phone interview that Jones is a “clean act, stand-up guy who has done nothing wrong.”

November 2012 — The Miami Herald reports that several former UM players agree to speak to the NCAA after receiving a letter stating that if they don't, the NCAA will conclude that they have committed a violation.

Jan. 21, 2013 — reports sources close to the NCAA’s investigation say Haith and his former staff will be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

Jan. 23, 2013 — The NCAA announces that it will be conducting an external review of its own investigation of Haith and the University of Miami.

Feb. 18, 2013 — The external review showed that the NCAA acted contrary to its internal policies.

NCAA Vice President of Enforcement Julie Roe Lach was fired as a result.

Feb. 19, 2013 — Haith is notified of his allegations shortly after the 63-60 win over No. 5 Florida on Tuesday night. Miami received its notice of allegations just before Haith did. Haith said he was not charged with unethical conduct, contrary to a report in January.

Feb. 20, 2013 — Haith was alleged to have failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance. The NCAA said Haith did not alert the athletics department when Shapiro threatened to go public with the allegations if he was not paid. The allegations say Haith did not tell the Miami athletics department about the situation, did not ask about Morton's ties with Shapiro and if Shapiro's claims had any merit to them. Instead, Haith allegedly gave money Morton the money to give to Shapiro.

— Morton and former Miami assistant coach Jake Fernandez receive their notice of allegations. Their allegations involve setting up then-recruit Marlon Williamson to meet with Shapiro in a suite during a Miami football game. It is also alleged that the two set up then-recruits Mo Hicks, Howard Dwayne Mitchell, Durand Scott and two high school coaches with Shapiro at a local nightclub during Scott's official visit. Both incidents reportedly occurred in the month of October.

— Morton is also accused of receiving a supplemental income of at least $6,000 from Shapiro from October 2007 to October 2008.

— Morton is also accused of arranging a telephone call in April 2009 between Shapiro and Brian Clifton, a non-scholastic coach for then-recruit John Wall. Additional allegations against Morton say he arranged for Shapiro to meet with Clifton in person at a Miami shopping mall and provided Clifton with impermissible transportation during Wall's official visit to Miami. 

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