(Missouri Basketball App) -- For the last 23 months, a cloud has been hanging over the Mizzou Basketball program. The NCAA’s decison to suspend Head Coach Frank Haith 5 games for his involvement in the University of Miami scandal, finally ends months of endless speculation.
Even though NCAA’s investigation centered on former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro’s association with Miami’s football and men’s basketball programs, Haith was accused of “a serious violation that is similar to lack of institutional control but considered less significant.”
The report found that when he was the head coach at Miami, Haith and an assistant coach provided Shapiro $10,000 after he threatened to expose previous improper contact with high school recruits and amateur coaches. Shapiro initially demanded Haith return a $50,000 donation, but the coach refused.
Depsite the constant rumors about what punishment would be handed down, Haith has been very successful at Mizzou. As he begins his third season in Columbia, Haith has led the Tigers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Haith also became the winningest coach at Missouri through his first two seasons (53-16, .768).
Missouri’s first five regular-season basketball games are against Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, Gardner-Webb and IUPUI. Haith is expected to sit out those contests.
With the investigation finally reaching its conclusion, Haith can now move the Mizzou program forward in its second season in the SEC. The Tigers have been picked to finish 5th behind Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee and LSU.