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Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Posted on: April 4, 2011 12:24 am
 
HOUSTON -- In the most bizarre hire of this offseason, Missouri reportedly has hired Miami's Frank Haith -- a move that makes no sense, on any level, to anyone outside of Missouri AD Mike Alden's office.

The hire was confirmed by CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish. I'm writing it because he's busy, and I'm not. Who cares who writes it? Point is, Missouri panicked after being turned down by Matt Painter and went for a guy who wouldn't turn the school down.

Frank Haith had that going for him.

But not much else.

In seven years at Miami -- in a down era for the ACC -- Haith was 43-69 in league play and 129-101 overall. He went to one NCAA tournament, in 2008, and has gone 60-41 since. Known as a great recruiter under Rick Barnes at Texas, Haith hasn't shown that skill at Miami. Making you wonder if maybe the great recruiter at Texas was, you know, Rick Barnes.

Whatever the case, Miami fans were rejoicing on the Internet Sunday night to be done with Haith, and preparing for the Hurricanes' inevitable pursuit of Kansas State's Frank Martin -- who got his start in coaching in the Miami high school system and who is a force on the South Florida recruiting circuit to this day.

With Jacob Pullen graduating at Kansas State, the time could be right for Martin to go home. We'll see.


Category: NCAAB
Tags: Miami, Missouri
 
Comments

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: April 4, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

I am a Mizzou fan, and I am more upset with the negative thoughts of fans. Did you know he was courted by OU ? All the top coaches have spoken about staying where they are so we had to look elsewhere. Right now if we had to play in the ACC, what would MU's record been. Even under Norm, what would our record been. Lets welcome the guy here, see what he brings, then make your decisions. I mean if we would take 1st impressions of all the negative posters, they would all be hated.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Now that would be disastrous for Missouri.



Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Supposedly a member of the board of curators at MU has said there is a better than 50/50 chance that the board will not allow this hire to happen.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Don't worry MU fans, you will be able to hold out hope that Alden makes a better higher in about 3 years when he's looking for another basketball coach because you know that will happen and you know Alden will still be there.
Only way Alden is looking for a new basketball coach is if Rick Barnes retires and Texas hires Haith away from Missouri.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

This is the problem with MU, they think they are bigger than they really are.
And the problem with people who make sweeping generalizations is that they're too stupid to realize how ridiculous their unthoughtful assessments are.

I am a Mizzou fan. I am disgusted by this hire. Did I think we (and yes, I can say that, because I attended school at MU for over 1/4 of what has been my life thus far) had a chance at Brad Stevens? No. But we certainly could have gotten someone better than Frank Haith.

With specific regard to the above quote: Most Mizzou fans know exactly what Mizzou is, which is a very good/great basketball program that has failed to make it over the hump into "extraordinary" or "phenomenal." To say otherwise, in either direction, is to have no knowledge of what you speak. And people do this on both sides.



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: April 4, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Mu fans are crazy if they thought they had a chance to get Brad Stevens from Butler.  You think a guy who has taken Butler to consective national title games is thinking 'I just went to two national title games at Butler and now I want to coach at Missouri'.  Really! This is the problem with MU, they think they are bigger than they really are. 

Don't worry MU fans, you will be able to hold out hope that Alden makes a better higher in about 3 years when he's looking for another basketball coach because you know that will happen and you know Alden will still be there.



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:57 am
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

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Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Miami has enough cubans... we dont want Frank Martin here... he already was here and made a fool of himself like the rest of his people.
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Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:50 am
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

A little out of the box look at Haith is looking at his ACC conference record as 2/3 road games because of the apathetic, sparse crwods at home games.  If he gets some support, and (main caveat) a good X's and O's guy beside him to get his guys more fundamentally sound, he may have a shot at Mizzou.  That being said, my own approach would be to get someone who is consistently winning - law of increasing returns for recruiting, etc... 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:32 am
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

@panderson--your analysis is spot on:

 "His resume is unimpressive, but he did coach at Miami which isn't known for it's college basketball in recent years. He came into a program that was in shambles and had issues of keeping good players during his early tenure, and he has recruited relatively well for a lesser known ACC basketball school. What bothers me is his coaching and leadership seems lacking. He seems to panic in good games, and has had issues of putting the right players in the proper positions."

He has actually gotten some talent to come to the U.  Not NBA-top tier talent, but respectable talent that has made Miami at least competitive.  Miami is a difficult place to recruit given the complete lack of tradition and the fact that the students are generally apathetic.  They are never going to compete w/Duke and UNC year-in and year-out, but they have had the talent to be better then their record shows but just can't get over the hump w/Haith.  If you watch their games they lack any sort of organization on offense and are lazy at times on defense.  This year they beat West Virginia in an OOC game but then they had a stretch where they lost 4 in a row by a total of 7 points, including losing at home to UNC by 3 and at home to FSU by 2.  Both games they had leads late and both times they just flat out blew it.  Then they lost to UNC in the conf. tourney in a game where UNC never led, not even in the early seconds, until they made the last basket when the clock went to zero.  Just inexcusible.  Frank's a great guy and I believe he genuinely cares about his kids and the program.  I just wonder if he's cut out to be a coach at this level.  I guess Mizzou will find out.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:26 am
 

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Miami has enough cubans... we dont want Frank Martin here... he already was here and made a fool of himself like the rest of his people


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