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Basketball Media Days: Missouri Coach Frank Haith

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith answers questions at the SEC Basketball Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

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WOW Headlines – 6/13/13

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is scheduled to meet with the NCAA Committee on Infractions Thursday…
Haith is charged with failure to create an atmosphere of compliance while coaching at Miami (FL)
Auburn University spent more than $1 million trying to save the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner and the school wants restitution from Harvey Updyke, the man who poisoned the trees
The state of Kentucky will use coal tax money to pay for renovations to Rupp Arena
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin reportedly turned down head coaching offers from NFL franchises this past offseason
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Mizzou, Haith Ready For NCAA Hearing Tomorrow

gfx - they said itTomorrow 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.

For Haith it’s simply good to have his case moving forward:

 

“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.

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WOW Headlines – 5/6/13

Watch the trailer for the new SEC Network at MrSEC.com
Ex-Penn State QB Steven Bench says he is considering Mississippi State as a transfer destination but is open to any school
Kentucky S Ashely Lowery is improving after being critically injured in a weekend car accident in which he was ejected from his vehicle
There is continued debate within the conference as to whether a switch to a 9-game conference schedule makes sense
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith has filed a court petition to learn if the NCAA improperly or illegally obtained information about cancelled checks in his account
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A Pair Of Freshman Mizzou Hoopsters Depart

mrsec-breaking-newsAll eyes in Missouri are on star guard Phil Pressey as makes up his mind about the NBA, but two other Tiger basketballers have already made up their minds… to transfer.  The school announced today that backup freshman guards Negus Webster-Chan and Dominique Bull will leave Columbia in search of more playing time closer to respective homes.

Frank Haith said the following in today’s press release:

 

“Dominique and Negus were great representatives of our program, and I want to thank them for their contributions both on and off the basketball court.  We will certainly do anything we can to help them as they begin the recruiting process and wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”

 

Webster-Chan and Bull played sparingly this past season.

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SEC Hoops: Missouri Bounced From NCAA Tourney

basketballsColorado State 84 — Missouri 72

1.  The Rams manhandled the Tigers, never allowing Mizzou to get within three points in the last 36 minutes of basketball.

2.  “The reality is that (Frank) Haith did a nice job of acquiring players to fill a depleted roster, but he did a poor job of turning that talent into a team that played with intelligence and toughness.”

3.  Last night’s lackluster curtain-dropper was a fitting finish to the Tigers’ season.

 

SEC Hoops today/NCAA Tournament

Ole Miss vs Wisconsin (12:40pm ET) and Florida vs Northwestern State (7:27pm ET)

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Marshall Henderson: “It’s funny just to mess with people”

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Mississippi vs MissouriLove him or hate him (and there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground), Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson draws attention and generates controversy for what he does on the court and what he says – either on or off the hardwood.  Last night’s 64-62 victory over Missouri was no exception.  Henderson torched the Tigers for 27 points, taunted Missouri fans and coaches and had plenty to say after the game after celebrating on the scorers’ table.

 

“I’m a manipulator of sorts and I like messing with people’s minds, and it’s pretty funny to mess with people like that. It’s a freaking game. It’s a basketball game. People take it so seriously that it’s funny for a little white guy like me to just come around, talk trash to people and the fans. Like, what are you going to do in the stands? What am I going to do on the court to you in the stands? It’s funny just to mess with people.”

 

After the game was over, Henderson says not many Missouri players wanted to shake his hand.

 

“Four of them did. But we don’t expect them to shake hands…Yeah, the walk-ons did. And Bowers. Bowers is a good sport…I’m not going to sit here and say we didn’t say a couple of things to them in the ear after the final buzzer sounded, but you can come shake our hands. We’re going to shake their hands. But it’s whatever. We get the last laugh in the end. We came out on top…

 

“We hate each other. I think we just created a really big rivalry in the SEC between Ole Miss and Missouri. That’s good.”

 

Missouri coach Frank Haith was asked by the postgame handshake comments.  ”Oh, come on now. I’m not getting into that.”

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WOW Headlines – 2/21/13

Renovation of Kyle Field at Texas A&M will begin November 10th…$425 million project thought to be largest in school history
The state of Kentucky has approved a $110 million renovation of UK’s Commonwealth Stadium
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has purchased a $1.45 million home in Lexington
SEC basketball action Thursday: Arkansas 62 – Georgia 60
Charges of marijuana possession have been dropped against Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy due to a lack of evidence
The NCAA has charged Missouri hoops coach Frank Haith with failing to “promote an atmosphere of compliance” while coaching at Miami
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WOW Headlines – 1/25/13

Ole Miss defeated Tennessee 62-56 Thursday night to go 5-0 in SEC play for the first time since the 1930s
Rumors continue to connect Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to the NFL, but Graham refuses to comment
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will reportedly hire Arkansas State assistant Casey Woods if Rich Bisaccia leaves to join the Dallas Cowboys’ staff
According to Les Miles’ new contract with LSU, if the coach is fired without cause during the next three years he will receive a buyout of $15 million
Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will take part in ESPNU’s coverage of national signing day
As many as five Alabama players are projected as possibly going in the first round of the NFL draft
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith isn’t commenting on the NCAA’s bungled investigation into his old Miami program
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An NCAA Show-Cause Penalty Would Likely Lead To Haith’s Ouster At Mizzou

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 GreensboroFor the past week, we’ve been in a bit of an online debate with a few Missouri fans who took offense to our suggestion on the 17th that Frank Haith’s lawyer appeared to be “prepping Mizzou fans for bad news.”  In their view, the NCAA can not punish the Tiger program for violations Haith may have committed while coaching at Miami.

Well, it’s true that the NCAA isn’t going to hit Missouri with charges over any Miami mistakes.  However — and this is what those few holdouts still fail to grasp — MU can still be punished indirectly if the NCAA decides to go after Haith.  A recent SEC example: Bruce Pearl and Tennessee.

The NCAA did not drop the hammer on the Vol basketball program in 2011, as many Big Orange fans had feared.  But once it became clear Pearl was to be hit with a show-cause penalty (three years in his case), the school was effectively forced to dismiss him.  The Vol program is still trying to recover despite the fact that technically the NCAA levied more punishments on UT’s ex-coach than on UT’s program.

Yesterday, CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman reported that a source “close to the situation” had revealed that Haith would soon receive notice from the NCAA that he would be charged with unethical conduct and a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.  You know who else was hit with both of those charges?  Yep, Pearl.

In Haith’s case, the NCAA has reportedly been unable to prove that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro gave $10,000 to Haith’s staff to pay for the services of former Hurricane DeQuan Jones.  That’s the claim made by Shapiro.  But the NCAA still intends to hit Missouri’s coach with an unethical conduct charge because it believes — and Shapiro’s mother has confirmed — that money allegedly given to Haith’s assistants for “camp money” actually went back to Shapiro as repayment for the cash he provided to ink Jones.  In addition, Haith and three aides will face punishment for providing impermissible airline travel for two Miami players and for allowing interaction between Shapiro and Hurricane recruits during their visits to Coral Gables.

Haith said last evening that he and Missouri officials are “in constant contact with the NCAA all the time about this case, (and)… it’s inappropriate for me to say anything other than just that.”

The university put out its own statement:

 

“The University of Missouri is aware of today’s story from CBS Sports.  The University has been in communication with the NCAA regarding their ongoing efforts related to the University of Miami investigation.  Coach Haith and the University of Missouri continue to cooperate fully.  However, we are not at liberty to comment further out of respect for the NCAA process.”

 

If Goodman’s source is corrrect and Haith is charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, he’ll have 90 days to respond to the allegations.  A hearing would follow in the summer and then a decision would come sometime between the fall and the end of the year.

Haith’s attorney, Michael Buckner, wasn’t exactly thrilled with Goodman’s report:

 

“Until my client, Frank Haith, receives a notice of allegations from the NCAA, the CBSSports.com report is premature.  The NCAA’s investigation in the University of Miami enforcement case is ongoing…

It is unfortunate that CBSSports.com’s unnamed source believed violating the NCAA confidentiality rule was worthwhile.  The report did not advance anyone’s interests (except the source’s) and is making a mockery of what is supposed to be a fair process.”

 

Buckner went on to say that “any allegations asserted by Nevin Shapiro against my client cannot be supported.”

NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn has said the NCAA does “not have a comment at this time.”

Armed with all that background info, there are still two major questions in need of answering…

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