Tomorrow is finally D-Day for the Missouri basketball program. More specifically, tomorrow head coach Frank Haith will finally go before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The coach has been charged with a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and a failure to monitor the activities of his staff while at Miami of Florida.
Once the coach gets his day in court, as it were, the committee will likely take a month to decide on possible penalties, though we believe any punishments will probably be light. We suspect a very short suspension (three or four games) might be the final verdict.
“I’m excited about that. We’re right at the end. I think that it’s been a tough two years. I look at any negative and find a positive out of it. I’ve grown from going through this existence. I talk to my team about adversity and how to handle it. Everybody’s going to have some adversity. This has been something we’ve had to go through for two years.”
The length of investigations is one of the most common complaints about the NCAA judicial process. Unfortunately, that’s a by-product of being short-staffed and having no real subpoena power. In other words, don’t expect the NCAA to find a way to fast-track investigations moving forward… unless a whole lot of money is earmarked for enforcement department hires.