The NCAA suspended Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith five games on Oct. 22, for his role in the University of Miami scandal involving Nevin Shapiro. Haith was officially sanctioned for inadequately monitoring his former assistants' interactions with a disgraced Shapiro and then tried to cover up a five-figure hush money payment to keep potential violations hidden.
The NCAA released the findings of its two-year investigation into Shapiro's relationship with Miami athletics and said that Haith, the former Hurricanes basketball coach, failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance with its rules.
The investigation found that Haith and Miami assistant coach Jake Morton provided Shapiro $10,000 after he threatened to expose previous improper contact with high school recruits and amateur coaches, as well as other unflattering details involving a booster now serving a 20-year prison term for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
As a result of the NCAA’s findings, the Hurricanes' men's basketball program will lose one scholarship annually over the next three years and former assistant Jorge Fernandez will receive a two-year show-cause penalty.
The entire Miami athletic program has been placed on three years' probation.
Haith does not agree with the penalties,however, he will not appeal the decision.
"While I strongly disagree with today's report, and the inference on how the program was run at the University of Miami, as head basketball coach during that period, I accept responsibility for all actions in and around that program," Haith said in a statement. "This has been an excruciating ordeal for my family. An appeal, which would likely drag further into the season, would only prolong what has already been a lengthy and trying period of time for our student-athletes, the University of Missouri and our fans, and it's time for closure."
Haith will miss Missouri’s first five games this season, all at home. The Tigers will host Southeast Louisiana (Nov. 8), Southern Illinois (Nov. 12), Hawaii in Kansas City, Mo. (Nov. 16), Gardner-Webb (Nov. 23) and IUPUI (Nov. 25). He will be back on the bench for key nonconference games against Northwestern and Nevada in Las Vegas (Nov. 28-29). Missouri will decide whether Mark Phelps or Dave Leitao will be in charge during games while Haith serves his suspension.
Haith is 53-16 in his two seasons at Missouri and Tigers have been eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament both years. He was 129-101 in seven years with the Hurricanes (2004-11).
The NCAA decision will affect all of Miami athletics. In all sports, any Hurricanes staff member who sends an impermissible text to a prospect will be fined a minimum of $100 per message, and coaches involved will be suspended from all recruiting activities for seven days. The NCAA said a probe of Miami actually started in 2009, when the school self-reported impermissible telephone calls and texts.
The NCAA's decision comes 2½ years after the investigation of Miami began. It also comes eight months after the NCAA said the Hurricanes did not "exercise institutional control" over Shapiro's interactions with the school's football and men's basketball teams.