Haith officially out as Missouri coach, Alden announces

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 9:54 a.m. CDT; updated 1:43 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 21, 2014
Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden answers a question from a reporter during a news conference Friday at Mizzou Arena about Frank Haith's decision to become the next head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa.

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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Ellis Smith April 18, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.

This seems to be the same person the Missourian categorized as capable of leading Mizzou to greater glory in NCAA men's Division I basketball.

How did Mizzou do in March in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament? Were they in it? How did they fare in the NIT?

Why don't we concern ourselves with something that's actually important, like paying faculty AT ALL FOUR CAMPUSES at least median compensation, based on national level for state universities?

Alden should have been shown the door long ago, and you know it.

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