COLUMBIA — The Haith era is over at Missouri.
Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden announced Friday that Frank Haith had informed him via text message that he was leaving the school to become the next head coach at the University of Tulsa.
Tulsa, meanwhile, announced a press conference at 1 p.m. to introduce its next coach.
Haith boarded a charter plane at Columbia Regional Airport en route to Tulsa, Okla., at about 4 p.m. Thursday.
Here's the video of Alden's remarks Friday.
Haith just completed his third year of a six-year contract with Missouri. He led the Tigers to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013, losing in the first round both times.
Missouri finished 23-12 this season and settled for the National Invitation Tournament, where it was eliminated in the second round by Southern Mississippi.
Haith has a $500,000 buyout in the contract he signed with Missouri in 2011.
He is coming off his worst year at Missouri, a year that started with an NCAA suspension and ended with the Tigers missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons.
Haith came to Columbia in 2011 after seven seasons at Miami. He compiled a 76-28 record in his time with the Tigers, including two first-game losses in the NCAA tournament. He was named Associated Press Coach of the Year after his first season with Missouri, when the Tigers went 30-5 and won the Big 12 Tournament.
The North Carolina native also earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in that season, which was his best at Missouri. The next year, the Tigers went 23-10 and returned to the NCAA tournament but lost to Colorado.
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