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