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Frank Haith gives first reaction to Yahoo story

Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: September 15, 2011 6:05 pm
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By Matt Norlander


(UPDATE: Haith also spoke, a little more in detail, to Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune and CBSSports.com. Worth the quick read. Click.)

Frank Haith isn't allowed to speak on the record about the allegations against he and his former staff at Miami. That's an edict from the NCAA, which is currently looking into Haith's past with the Hurricanes.

In August, Yahoo Sports dropped what I consider to be the most thorough investigative story in the history of sports journalism. It largely centered around the Miami football program, but Haith was a target as well. In fact, the allegations against he and his assistants were among the most acute and detailed. The primary allegation from imprisoned former Miami booster/Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro was that Haith arranged to pay recruit DeQuan Jones $10,000. Jones is still on Miami's roster, has been a player of minimal impact, and has yet to be punished for his alleged involvement.

Haith went on KTRS radio Wednesday night
. Naturally, the Yahoo Sports story came up. Haith addressed it on record for the first time (not including a sterile reaction by way of a school press release). Good job by the hosts to get something out of Haith, when he's among the most guarded head coaches in the country to begin with.

"I'm still unsure of what-all I can say," [Haith] said on KTRS' "Inside College Sports" show. Yet Haith also said, "First of all ... I did nothing wrong at the University of Miami."

He didn't linger on the point, and later said, "Going on a campaign, I surely can't do that."

The better quote, in my ears, is Haith addressing how he's dealing with a frenzied September of official visits and in-home conversations with recruits and their parents. This is a big month. Could arguably set the tone for his tenure at Missouri. He's got a reputation to overcome. That's not easy, obviously.

"I don't wait for it to come up. ... It's the elephant in the room," he said. "Everybody knows it, and obviously ... coaches of other schools are using it against us."

Haith said he had no idea when the NCAA would rule on the case.

"You operate under their timetable," he said.

As for his own timetable, Haith said, "I plan on being here for a long time."

I'd love to offer up true context, but it seems KTRS' site is still a few days behind in uploading its notable audio clips.

Parrish has written about it here before. So long as Haith denies, denies, denies, and there's no paper trail, he's most likely not going to lose his job over this. Now, if he can't win at a high rate and his recruiting is affected? He could be bought out of that five-year contract well before it expires.

Photo: AP

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Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Frank Haith gives first reaction to Yahoo story

It's funny/ironic to see kpuke phans chime in since the jhawks have perfected cheating.  kansass:  Is your Athletic Department put together yet?  Much of the previous bunch can now claim "license plate stamping" on their resumes.

What I'd like Frank Haith to say is:  Not only have I never cheated at Miami, but to my knowledge, none of my assistants, including Morton, did either.  Mike Alden, in probable desperation -- after Matt Painter leveraged Missouri's interest into a better situation for himself, and then ditched the Tigers at the last moment -- hired Haith at Missouri on the platform that he was squeeky clean -- sure wasn't his stellar record at Miami.

The bad thing about this for Missouri is that the NCAA, by their normal plodding along investigation of Miami, coupled with Mike Anderson absolutely NOT having any recruiting success whatsoever before he skipped out of Columbia, and left the Tigers with about a dozen slots to fill, and not a single player in the pipeline.

So Missouri's left with Haith in recruiting limbo due to the NCAA's investigation of Miami.  Thanks Donna Shalala for running such a tight ship.   



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:05 am
 

Frank Haith gives first reaction to Yahoo story

We'll see how this one plays out.



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Frank Haith gives first reaction to Yahoo story

Could you really be that dumb.

Your saying we need to use our imagination to make sense of the most thorough investigative piece of journalism ever?

What if, what if, what if (all these whatifs)....

to believe a guy who had told enough lies to amass 1 billion dollars.

to believe the same guy who is blackmailing the University of Miami to pay his legal bills.

to believe a guy who is sending letters to those involved stating that he told them he would get them for not paying his bills.

How about this…

What if this professional liar who has forged tons of documents in the past to lie, steal and cheat is maybe, just maybe not telling the whole truth again. Now thats a stretch? What if a leopard doesnt change his spots?

I personally have no doubts that there is a lot more to this story than he told the media because that’s in his nature. His is a conman and he is going to say whatever he wants to get his way. And his way right now is to get revenge.

Any inaccuracy that hasn’t been looked into is embellishment or a failure to be thorough and the truth is there are so many holes in the story that it begs of desperation. Why trust a conman?

But I am sure if this guy asked you for some money to invest in his new investment idea you would be the first to jump on board. I can tell you this, Yahoo just did because his next investment is his book.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Frank Haith gives first reaction to Yahoo story

Mizzourush:

"It is funny to see Kansas fans worry about Mizzou basketball and what goes on here in Columbia when they cant even get their own house in order.
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Don't confuse "interested in" with worried about". We are merely interested in what happens to other teams in our conference. Don't get your hackles up thinking that KU fans consider Mizzou something to worry about. We don't.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:16 am
 

Frank Haith gives first reaction to Yahoo story

clg003:

"This particular story (as well as many other points in the story) can be disproven by anyone with a Calendar. The story clearly says that Haith had requested money to be delivered to a recruit to secure his commitment. The only problem is that by the date they say this happened the commit already had signed a letter of intent to the school. How come no one questions why this is?"


Are you really that unimaginative?

Coach says: "Sign with us and I'll get you $10,000 cash." 

Kid says: "OK, that sounds good. Here's my letter of intent."

Coach says: "OK, we'll get you that cash as soon as we can."

Kid says: "That works. Thanks."

Coach says to himself: "What an idiot. We don't need to get him that money now that he has signed. Stupid kid."

Kid says several months later: "Hey coach, you need to get me that cash or I am going to report you."

Coach says to booster: "Crap, the Jones kid called me on a bogus cash offer. I need to come up with $10,000 to shut him up."

Booster says: "Whatever, I wipe my butt with $10,000. Here you go."

By all accounts, the money was never actually transferred to the kid. The coaches kept it and eventually returned it to Shapiro after he was arrested in an effort to wash their hands of the transaction.

It's really not a complicated calendar to figure out. At least Haith was smart enough to not give the money to the kid until AFTER he signed. Some coaches are dumb enough to give a player money to TRY to get him to sign with them, only to see them go elsewhere because someone else paid MORE. Too bad he didn't buy BETTER players.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Frank Haith gives first reaction to Yahoo story

It is funny to see Kansas fans worry about Mizzou basketball and what goes on here in Columbia when they cant even get their own house in order.  If the coach is guilty, the truth will come out and MU will had to deal with the consequences.  We all can agree that KU has a great basketball tradition and does well nationally in that sport.  The bloggers dont need to trash tslk about what they done know about unless they are insecure about their own prospects.  If I were the fan of KU, MU, and K State, I would be using my energy in keeping the conference together so all of us done become afterthoughts in the big picture.  And Iamakansas fan, I will not relish it when the university does not get a decent place to go when it all breaks up.  keep it real.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Frank Haith's gives first reaction to Yahoo story

The point of this story is what exactly? That the new hire coach at Mizzou came from the under investigation Miami athletic program and says he did nothing wrong? Really? That's a story? I don't know Frank Haith, and I do not know if he is creditable, but what I do now know, is that some guy named Matt Norlander apparently likes to see his own name on a blog - even if he has absolutely nothing relevant to say.



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Frank Haith's gives first reaction to Yahoo story

“the most thorough investigative story in the history of sports journalism”

Really?

How about you read it and try to dissect if for its blatant disregard for the truth before you stand on your soap box looking like a complete moron.

This particular story (as well as many other points in the story) can be disproven by anyone with a Calendar. The story clearly says that Haith had requested money to be delivered to a recruit to secure his commitment. The only problem is that by the date they say this happened the commit already had signed a letter of intent to the school. How come no one questions why this is? I mean wouldn’t the most thorough investigative story in sports history provide an explanation for this? Also why has his story been updated over ten times since it has been first posted? Is he still investigating? No, well then why is it changing? Shouldn’t you question why this is? Also the writer has since come out and said that some of the most sensational pieces of the story were given to him by a con artist (and not substantiated anywhere else) who is not only serving 20 years for stealing almost a billion dollars but who also is black mailing Miami to pay his lawyer’s fees and who is trying to drum up a media frenzy so that he can sell a book.

 

I mean the one thing you can count on is con artist who out for revenge to tell the truth.


You guys are so irresponsible publishing garbage like this its comical.




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Frank Haith's gives first reaction to Yahoo story

I surely hope you were joking about Snyder.  I know mizzou isn't some destination job for anything but you could have done better than Haith.  Anderson kind of screwed mizzou over with the timing of his departure.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Frank Haith's gives first reaction to Yahoo story

Mizzoodle basketball will look like the mess Kelvin Sampson left behind at Indiana. AND I'M GOING TO RELISH THAT DAY WHEN IT COMES!!!!!!!

Typical KU fan: root for sanctions rather than have the program rise up and present a challenge. Well done.


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