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January 21, 2013

Report: Penalties loom for Haith

On Monday afternoon, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com reported that sources had told him Frank Haith would be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance in relation to the NCAA's investigation into the University of Miami.

Fans can read Goodman's entire story right here.

Goodman's story indicates that Haith could face a show cause penalty from the NCAA for his role in alleged violations in the Hurricanes' basketball program. Any school wishing to hire a coach under a show cause penalty must appear in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions to "show cause" why that school should not incur penalties imposed upon the coach.

Missouri hired Haith in April of 2011. Shortly before the start of the 2011-12 season, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports broke the story of widespread allegations in the Miami athletic department, including claims from booster Nevin Shapiro that Haith had knowledge of a $10,000 payment made to Miami hoops recruit DeQuan Jones. Haith and Missouri have avoided any comment on the allegations from Shapiro or the NCAA investigation over the last 15 months. In the meantime, he has amassed a 43-9 record at Missouri in his first year-and-a-half on the job.

A show cause penalty from the NCAA is handed out for a specific period of time. In general, the show cause tag has prevented a coach from being hired anywhere. Rob Senderoff, who was hit with a 30-month show cause for his role in violations at Indiana under Kelvin Sampson, was hired as a head coach prior to the end of the penalty. Senderoff was an assistant to Geno Ford at Kent State. Ford left following the 2010-11 season and Senderoff was named interim coach and then permanent head coach. The show cause expired on May 25, 2011, shortly after his hiring. Todd Bozeman was tagged with an eight-year show cause over allegations at California and was out of coaching for ten years before returning at Morgan State. Coaches such as Clem Haskins and Sampson did not return to coaching in college, even after the expiration of their show causes. Former Baylor head coach Dave Bliss and Tennessee boss Bruce Pearl are currently out of coaching and remain under show cause restrictions.

This news all surfaces as the NCAA is expected to hand down its notice of allegations relating to the Miami case some time this week. Parties named in the allegations have 90 days to respond according to Goodman's report. The next step would be a hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions in the early summer and any decision would likely come four to six months after that.

On Monday evening, the university released this statement regarding the allegations first reported by CBS Sports:

"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."

Michael Buckner, one of Haith's attorneys, said this to the Miami Herald: ""Any type of allegations are not allegations until you receive the actual notice....As of right now, my client and anyone on his legal team have not received a notice of allegations. I just think it's unfortunate because if a notice comes out and all those things are not included, then that source will have to pay for disclosing information that may not be true." Nobody covers Mizzou basketball like PowerMizzou.com. If you are not yet a member, just try out our seven-day free trial.

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