Frank Haith, MU could be in big trouble now
The Kansas City Star
The news keeps getting worse for Missouri basketball fans. Their team was destroyed over the weekend by Florida, dropped in the polls today and is still missing one of its best players.
Now, the big story among lots of MU basketball and sports fans is this one.
CBSSports.com is reporting that coach Frank Haith, after more than one-and-a-half years on the job in Columbia, could be in big trouble for problems he allegedly created at his old position at the University of Miami.
He could be accused by the NCAA of “unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.”
Those are heavy charges, basically involving a disputed $10,000 payment and a basketball player.
Missouri fans long have been dreading this day might come, all the while also hoping that Haith would skate - in other words, the NCAA would not find reasons to say the coach was guilty of anything wrong in Miami.
Haith, if charged, will have plenty of time to fight the allegations. Indeed, his lawyer seemed to know that might be coming, saying recently that the coach was prepared to deal with anything thrown his way.
If Haith has to undergo renewed scrutiny in the months ahead, it will be a black eye for MU’s basketball program. Remember, Haith was a controversial hire at the time, not particularly successful and not considered to be a top-line coach for Missouri.
Haith and his squad exceeded all expectations in the 2011-12 season, though. He guided MU to the top 10 in the polls and a No. 2 NCAA seed in March Madness - where the Tigers promptly were shocked in the first round.
That was a bummer of a day for Tigers fans.
But having your coach accused of basically not controlling his old program and engaging in unethical behavior could prolong the agony for MU’s many fans.