Missouri's Haith faces less serious failure to monitor from NCAA

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith faces a failure-to-monitor charge in the Miami notice of allegations passed on by the NCAA on Tuesday night, CBSSports.com has learned.

Haith told reporters on Tuesday that he did not face an unethical conduct charge. However, a source said Haith faced the less-serious allegation of failure to monitor. That charge still carries the possibility of sanctions against the Mizzou coach. Yahoo! Sports reported in 2011 that Haith had knowledge of a $10,000 payment to the family of then-Miami recruit Daquan Jones. Haith has denied wrongdoing.

CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman reported last month that Haith was expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance. That was before an announcement two days later that the NCAA admitted improperly using an outside attorney to obtain information in the case.

After a review of the case, the NCAA on Monday admitted to "missteps" in the investigation. It fired enforcement director Julie Roe Lach.

On its website, the NCAA explains how coaches can be charged individually with failure to monitor: Coaches and staff members can be held personally responsible for failing to adequately monitor and exercise appropriate control over rules compliance in an athletics department or within a sport program. NCAA bylaws require head coaches to promote an atmosphere for compliance and to monitor the rules compliance of those who report to them.

This explains the difference in a school being charged with lack of instititional control and failure to monitor: A failure-to-monitor violation, although serious, is a separate and distinct violation that is considered less significant than a lack of institutional control. Violations resulting from a failure-to-monitor violation are usually limited in scope and do not involve the widespread inadequacies in rules-compliance systems and functions that are often found in lack-of-institutional-control cases.

Miami president Donna Shalala attacked the validity of the notice of allegations in a statement on Tuesday. The Miami case could go in front of the infractions committee as early as August. The school might not get its penalties until October or November.

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