Why would Tulsa want Haith?

Why would Tulsa want Haith?

Why would Tulsa want Haith?

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by Doug Vaughn / News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 9:46 PM

(Missouri Basketball App) - Being a college basketball coach is awfully good work if you can get it. Tulsa University lured Frank Haith away from Missouri with a seven year contract that will reportedly pay him an average of about $1.8 million a year. Really? Exactly what did Haith do at Mizzou to warrant that?

When Missouri hired Haith he was embroiled in controversy at the University of Miami. He eventually had to serve a five game suspension for his actions with the Hurricanes program. In his three years coaching the Tigers, Haith had an overall record of 76-28. But don't let that victory total fool you. Haith won 30 games in his first year  using Mike Anderson's players. His teams also feasted on weak non-conference opponents at the beginning of each season. He was 7-7 this year against Southeastern Conference opponents. 

Haith was plagued by postseason problems. The Tigers lost in the NCAA tournament's first round to 15th-seeded Norfolk State following the 30-5 season in 2011-12. They lost again in the first round in 2013. This past season, Mizzou went 7-8 down the stretch and failed to qualify for the tournament. They turned in a lackluster performance in the NIT. 

The fan base has been eroded. Attendance was down considerably this season at Mizzou Arena. The Mizzou program has had a curious mix of transfer players, and Haith and his staff had very little success recruiting the St. Louis area that has been rich in talent the past few years. 

It'd be hard to describe Haith as a good "x's and o's" coach. The Tigers appeared to have no organized offensive system. They played what looked like a school yard offense where the idea seemed to be to get the ball to Jabari Brown or Jordan Clarkson and see what they could do with it.

Haith had off the court problems as well with his players. Zach Price faces allegations of four counts of suspicion of domestic assault, in a bizarre case that also involved Earnest Ross obtaining a restraining order against him. Michael Dixon left the program in 2012 after twice being accused of sexual assault. 

So with that on his resume, Haith was targeted by Tulsa as the coach they wanted to lead their program for the next seven years. No question, college coaching is darned good work if you can get it. 

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