Report: Frank Haith Will Get Unethical Conduct Charge

Streeter Lecka

The Missouri head coach is likely to get one of the most severe charges the NCAA has due to his involvement in the scandal at Miami.

According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, Missouri's Frank Haith is going to get a big time charge from his time at Miami:

The NCAA is expected to release a notice of allegations as early as this week regarding the Miami investigation. A source close to the situation told CBSSports.com that former Hurricanes and current Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance. ...

The source told CBSSports.com that the NCAA was unable to prove the allegation from Miami booster Nevin Shapiro that Haith or anyone on his staff paid $10,000 to a family member of former player DeQuan Jones. However, Haith will be charged with unethical conduct because the NCAA did not believe his story that payments to his assistants intended for camp money did not wind up going to repay Shapiro, who made the allegations to Yahoo Sports back in August of 2011. A source said that the money was delivered to Shapiro's mother -- who verified the payment to the NCAA.

Unethical conduct is the sort of charge that gets a coach a show-cause penalty. Recent examples of guys to get show-causes from unethical conduct include Bruce Pearl and Jim Tressel. A show-cause penalty does not prohibit a person from coaching, but it can make it so burdensome as to become untenable in practice. Haith was a surprising hire for Mizzou back in 2011, as he hadn't really done a whole lot at Miami. That he was named in the Shapiro report four months later didn't really add to his standing.

He is not the only SEC coach to have been implicated in the report. Aubrey Hill resigned from his post as wide receivers coach at Florida shortly before the 2012 season, probably due to his involvement at Miami. Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and director of football operations Joe Pannunzio are still there in Tuscaloosa. Former UM head coach Randy Shannon was not implicated by the Yahoo! Sports report, so it's not likely he'll get anything, but he is now the linebackers coach at Arkansas.

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