January 15th, 2013 10:48 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Florida, Missouri
Tags: Aubrey Hill, Frank Haith, Miami, NCAA
Over the weekend, The Miami Herald reported that the NCAA was close to wrapping up its investigation into the Miami Hurricanes athletic program. The investigation was tied to a Yahoo! Sports report in August of 2011 in which former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro claimed to have illegally aided at least seven coaches from the school’s football and basketball programs. Shapiro said he spent millions of dollars on gifts and entertainment for recruits and players.
Among Shapiro’s claims: A member of Frank Haith’s Miami staff paid guard DeQuan Jones $10,000 to sign with the Hurricanes. When the allegation was made, Haith — who was preparing for his first season in Columbia — denied it. After a brief suspension, Miami reinstated Jones, suggesting the school had found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Yesterday, Haith was asked if he’d received any word from the NCAA about the allegation made against his Miami program:
“I haven’t, but obviously… it’s kind of a relief to know this is coming to an end, that part of it, in terms of their allegations — if there are any — against Frank Haith. And if there are, then we have a chance to defend ourselves…
I am glad (this is ending because) something like this has been taxing on me and our family and our program. So it’s good to know it’s coming closer to the end.”
While Shapiro provided receipts and other proof of some of the cash he spent on Miami athletics, he is currently serving 20 years in prison as part of a Ponzi scheme that was worth nearly a billion dollars. His credibility — obviously — is still in question.
Haith isn’t the only ex-Miami coach with SEC ties waiting to hear the NCAA’s allegations. Joe Pannunzio (director of football operations) and Jeff Stoutland (offensive line coach) are currently on Alabama’s BCS champion staff. Former Florida player Aubrey Hill resigned as UF’s receivers coach last August saying he did not want to become a distraction for the Gator program.
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