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MU’s Haith Wants To Know How The NCAA Got His Bank Records

Image: Miami Hurricanes head coach Frank Haith watches his team play the North Carolina Tar Heels during their NCAA men's basketball game at the 2011 ACC Tournament in GreensboroEarlier this year the NCAA admitted it had crossed some of its own lines in gathering information against the University of Miami athletic department.  Now a former Miami coach at the center of that investigation wants to know if the NCAA crossed some legal lines while digging into his bank account.

The attorney for Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith filed a petition in court today in an attempt to determine how the NCAA was able to access detailed bank records.  CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd reports that Michael Buckner “is trying to determine whether information from canceled checks in the coach’s account were improperly — and possibly illegally — obtained.”

Uh-oh.

The gist of the case is as follows:

 

*  Haith provided the NCAA with a specific number of bank records as investigators tried to determine if he had passed money along to former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro for his help in recruiting a prospect.

*  Additional information could have been obtained improperly by accessing the microfiche reproductions of Haith’s checks, which were not turned over to the NCAA by Haith.

*  Bank of America employees could be served with subpoenas to see if they turned over the additional information to the NCAA.

*  A judge will have to grant the petition before the subpoenas could go out.

 

According to the petition:

 

“Bank of America may have permitted or allowed an unknown person or person to gain access to, or to acquire, non-public information into (Haith’s) Checking Account without authorization.”

 

If that’s true it would be a black eye for Bank of America and yet another black eye for the NCAA… which would have once again gone too far in trying to track down information on Miami and its coaches.

Haith has been charged by the NCAA with failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance while coaching at Miami.  He just finished his second season at Missouri.

Even if the charges against Haith stand, it’s unlikely he’ll be hit with any serious, long-lasting sanctions.

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