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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'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

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:52 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Looking forward to several more years of boring, mediocre basketball. Nice work Alden, Mizzou.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:18 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

It's also very curious that Matt Painter turned down Mizzou last Wednesday.  If this was their plan, why did it take the better part of 5 days to complete?  Were there really any contract "negotiations" with Frank Haith?  If I was Haith, I would have guessed that the prospect of going to a much bigger program and increasing my salary when I had done nothing to justify that opportunity would have been enticing enough.  I would have rather seen them try to lure a 76 year old Billy Tubbs out of retirement.  At least he's entertaining.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 9:50 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

I don't think Mizzou fans were delusional enough to expect Stephens to take the Mizzou job, but they could have at least made him say no.  After all, it is a school in a major conference with a history of finishing in the top half of their league most years.  Not to mention that they would have likely more than doubled his salary.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2011 9:40 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Brad Stephens wouldn't take the Mizzou job for all the tea in china.  You all are crazy to think that.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 9:10 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

As a Missouri citizen and Mizzou fan, I am sick this morning.  After Alden struck out on Matt Painter, the report was that his contingent was heading to the Final Four.  All speculation was that he was going there to make a pitch for Brad Stevens or Shaka Smart.  Did he really have to go to the Final Four to land a guy who was sub-.500 in his league?  I have to admit, while I really would have loved to see Stevens come to Mizzou, that seemed unlikely.  So, Smart appeared to be the realistic alternative.  And while I would have been excited to see Mizzou get Smart, that would have been cautious optimism, as he appears to be an average coach if you don't look at what he's done in the last three weeks.  That said, Smart would have been an awesome choice compared to Frank Haith.  What a way to wow the fan base - pick a guy who nobody in Missouri has ever heard of.  Mike Alden is a complete tool that needs to be shown the door at Mizzou.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 8:33 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

I'm a KU fan and this even disappoints me. I love the rivalry between the two schools and this doesn't seem like a great hire. I thinks its all on Alden, how could OU steal Kruger and the best MU could do is "steal" a bad ACC coach.

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2011 7:38 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

I'm going to play devils advocate as it's hard to predict what will happen under Haith. 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. On top of that, I'm worried that his coaching style won't fit at Mizzou in the near future. It's hard for any coach to come into a new school and have the current roster to adapt to their system, but I was hoping Mizzou would go after a more up-temple style of play coach so the transisition isn't painful.

Also as a student at Mizzou, it's no surprise that Mizzou acted this way. Mizzou like to run things by either knee jerking without thinking thorugh things, or take forever to make a decision with countless meetings and committees. For example, the last president of Mizzou was Gary Forsee. Mizzou hired Gary Forsee shortly after he got fired from Sprint for botching the Sprint-Nextel merger, and losing hundreds of thousands of customers during his tenure. On top of that, Fortune magazine named him worst CEO of the year around that time. Those qualifications are so stellar which is why Mizzou hired him. It's true the stupid continue to survive by getting amazing positions while smarter people are left out.

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: April 4, 2011 6:54 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Alden represents MU's style perfectly. Go cheap and try to look brilliant. The entire university is run on the cheap. Unfortunately the brilliant part is a myth. Alas, wrestling will once again take over as number two in sports. Fire the brain trust and really save a buck or two.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 5:53 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

To many Canes' fans, this news should be welcome. Haith's time was dwindling here at UM whether it was because he wanted to leave or whether the administration would relieve him of his duties because of his lack of progress. Personally, as a student and fan who attended nearly every home game this season, I have often questioned Haith as a viable head coach. He's not a very good motivator for our players. You will often find him kneeling down on the sidelines when the game is on the line, and sometimes with his head in his hands not even attempting to correct the problems he sees on the courts, but rather simply looking defeated. Additionally, I have noticed he's not the charismatic type of coach who will give an inspirational speech. It may be, for that reason, that his recruiting has been sub-par (even by UM-basketball standards). For a comparison, when Randy Shannon was on campus, you might often see him walking around campus, talking to students. Or, he might give a speech here or there. He had a strong presence around campus. With Haith, he has absolutely no campus presence, and that's even with the basketball arena on campus. (as many know, the football stadium is nowhere near campus) In any case, it is probably best Haith takes another coaching opportunity before his time here ran its course. The team did not progress very much during his tenure, turning in often inconsistent performances. (succeeding when they did not expect to, failing to achieve when they did expect to) In fact, this year's squad had the talent to be a .500 team or better in the ACC, but they failed to do so. They often blew huge leads in the second half (See: FSU or UNC regular season, UNC in ACC Tourney) and just couldn't finish games. The good news is that for whoever takes over the program, they will have a young squad (one senior) with some talented players like Reggie Johnson, Malcolm Grant, and Durand Scott. I'm looking forward to a new face around the Hurricane Basketball program.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:57 am

Mizzou hires Frank Haith; Miami revels

Im sorry but this hire is leaving me scratching my head. I live in kc and i follow MU closely and ive grown to adopt them as my 2nd school behind my beloved arkansas. And all i can say is WTH is wrong with you Mike Alden. We have peopel with this kind of thinking in kc but trust me they are not Athletic Directors and after this you shouldn't be. You didnt even stay pat with anderson you CLEARLY took a step back and just freakout after you didnt get Painter. Im sorry but i would of rather MU take a coach from a smaller school who had sucess than a guy who is a whopping +18 win to loss ratio. ... Is it football season yet MU?

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