UPDATE: Haith suspended for five games by NCAA

University, Haith do not plan appeal
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 8:26 a.m. CDT; updated 8:35 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Missouri men's basektball coach Frank Haith received a five-game suspension from the NCAA following an investigation of the athletic department at the University of Miami where he previously coached.

COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith will be suspended for five games after the NCAA announced the findings of its two-year investigation into Miami's athletic department on Tuesday.

Haith and the university announced during an afternoon news conference that there will not be any appeal of the ruling. Haith, who was head coach at Miami from 2004 to 2011, was charged with "failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance" in February.

Yahoo Sports reported in 2011 that Haith had knowledge of a $10,000 payment to a family member of former Miami player DeQuan Jones during his recruitment. Nevin Shapiro, the former Miami booster around which the Yahoo report centered, said he gave the money to former assistant coach Jake Morton for that purpose.

From the NCAA’s report, released Tuesday morning:

"The former head men's basketball coach failed to meet his responsibilities as a head coach when he did not monitor the activities of his assistant coaches, and attempted to cover up the booster's threats to disclose incriminating information, according to the committee. 

“When the booster began experiencing financial trouble, he requested that the former head men’s basketball coach loan him a large sum of money or that the former head men’s basketball coach return the booster’s $50,000 donation. The former head men’s basketball coach denied the booster’s request; however, a former assistant men’s basketball coach agreed to loan the booster $7,000, which the booster eventually repaid. After the booster was incarcerated in 2010, he began to threaten the former head men’s basketball coach and assistant coach and demand money. The committee determined the former head men’s basketball coach and the former assistant men’s basketball coach worked together to make sure the booster received $10,000 to end the booster’s threats.

"The former head men’s basketball coach was aware of the booster’s threats and he took steps to help a former assistant men’s basketball coach to make a payment to the booster’s mother to end the threats. As the leader of a high-profile basketball program, he had a responsibility to make sure he and his staff followed the rules. However, the former coach did not meet his responsibilities and this conduct resulted in violations. The committee noted that had he asked about the basis of the threats and the former assistant coaches’ relationship with the booster, he could have recognized potential concerns or taken the issue to the compliance office.”

The NCAA has suspended Haith for the first five regular-season games of the 2013-14 season, and Haith is required to attend a NCAA Regional Rules seminar at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year.  Haith will miss games against Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, Gardner-Webb and IUPUI.

Supervising editor is Greg Bowers.




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