Tag:Frank Haith
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:36 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Frank Haith is not talking about Miami

Haith's having an incredible year at Mizzou, but the Miami questions could still haunt him. (AP)

By Matt Norlander


The bubbling undercurrent to Missouri's amazing 25-4 season has been the fact Frank Haith was hired away from Miami before Yahoo Sports dropped five thousand proximity mines on the campus with its exhaustively and impressively thorough reporting last summer. Haith was not exactly portrayed as a coach with his program on the up and up in that report, but he's been able to douse the fire on his Miami reputation with the job's he's done in Missouri. Not that those two things are or should be separate issues.

The NCAA continues to sift into Haith's Hurricane tenure, as all parties were mum on the issue for most of this season. The NCAA continues to work on the mammoth case; we don't know when all sorts of verdicts on the football and basketball program will come down. But with Sunday's news that Reggie Johnson was suspended for illegal travel benefits provided by former Miami coaches, it meant Haith had to be asked about his time at Miami again. He's not going there, folks.

“We're doing some great things here at Missouri, and we're cooperating with the NCAA fully,” said Haith ... “And I'll just be glad when this thing's over with.”

In a news release issued Sunday before Miami's game with Florida State, Miami said:

After the game, current Miami coach Jim Larranaga told reporters: “It's my understanding Reggie and his family didn't do anything wrong. They didn't know of any impermissible benefit. It was somebody else that did that. Reggie's already paid a dear price, missing this game.”

...

Asked his thoughts about Johnson's situation, Haith said, “It's just disappointing. Reggie is a wonderful young man, and you hate to see anyone have their career delayed.” He added, “It's tough. I feel bad for him and his family, and I know he'll get through it, though.”

Haith has denied the allegations from the get-go, obviously. This travel benefit for Johnson would stem from Haith's tenure, to be clear. It now gets lumped into the allegation that former Miami booster, who is currently sitting in jail, Nevin Shapiro, knew Haith was complicit in a $10,000 payment to Miami recruit DeQuan Jones, who is a member of the team now.

Miami hopes to get Johnson reinstated as swiftly as possible; the team's NCAA tournament hopes could hinge on it. Haith hopes he doesn't have to answer one more question about Miami for the rest of his life. One seems much more likely than the other.

Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Frank Haith has Missouri Tigers rolling

By Jeff Goodman

Frank Haith was concerned with how his players would react when the reigns of a veteran club at Missouri.

"Usually, it goes one of two ways," Haith said. "They can adjust to what you do -- or they fight you on it. ... These guys bought in -- and I was surprised at how quickly it happened."

Haith has raved about how this team obliged thus far, but he is also cautiously optimistic going forward.

"We've got a lot way to go," Haith said.

Remember, this is a team without much depth - especially along the frontline. The matchups against both Cal and Notre Dame were advantageous, but for Missouri to win the Big 12 - the Tigers will have to win games against Kansas and Baylor.

"Those are two tough matchups for us because of their size," Haith said.

Haith raved about the chemistry of the team, something that was clearly an issue a year ago. Guys are getting their shots - and the numbers are impressive. KenPom.com has the Tigers at second in the nation at efficiency field goal percentage (a number that credits teams for 3-pointers) and eighth in the country at adjusted offensive efficiency. Missouri is shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the line.

The first move that Haith made after taking over was to make it clear that sophomore Phil Pressey would have the ball in his hands far more than was the case a year ago under former coach Mike Anderson. Pressey has responded, averaging 10.2 points and coming off a game in which he had 11 assists without a turnover -- and also without taking a single shot.

"I say it all the time that he reminds me of T.J. Ford," said Haith, who coached Ford as an assistant at Texas. "They are both pure point guards who can control the game without scoring. Phil can also be a terror on the defensive end. T.J. didn't do that as much."

Senior Kim English has thrived thus far under Haith after being forced, following the season-ending injury to big man Laurence Bowers in the preseason, to play the four spot. He's averaging a career-high 18.2 points while shooting 63 percent (25-of-40) from 3-point range.

"These guys are so gifted offensively that they don't have to hunt shots," Haith said. "They've bought into that."

Marcus Denmon leads the team in scoring (18.5) and is also averaging 5.7 boards per game while shooting 42 percent from long distance - all with committing just three turnovers through the first six games, all victories.

"He's a great scorer whose been sharing the ball, too," Haith said. "He can really shoot it, has a great first step and is terrific in transition."
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:39 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Losing Bowers is a massive blow to Mizzou

By Jeff Goodman

UPDATED with quotes from Frank Haith below

Missouri could ill-afford to lose Laurence Bowers.

New Tigers coach Frank Haith has an abundance of perimeter players from Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Michael Dixon, Phil Pressey and Matt Pressey.

What he didn't inherit was much size up front - and now he'll be without the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Bowers, who is done for the season after tearing his ACL.

Eric Blumberg of KOMU-TV broke the news on Tuesday afternoon and CBSSports.com has confirmed the injury. 

Bowers was second on the team in scoring (11.6) last season, first in rebounding (6.1) and also second in the Big 12 in blocks.

Now Haith will have to go with a four-guard lineup at times in an effort to get his most talented players on the court.

That may result in senior Kim English having to defend power forwards.

“This is just difficult news for an outstanding young man and representative of our athletics department,” Frank Haith said in a statement. “I have had a chance to talk with Laurence a few times and he is doing well. I know he is anxious to get started on his rehabilitation and he will continue to be a big part of the 2011-12 team. It’s obviously a tough loss for us as a basketball team. He’s an All-Big 12 type player. He’s one of our best defenders and he brings a great deal of versatility, but our primary concern is to help Laurence through the recovery process.”

The lone big man with legitimate experience now is that of post player Ricardo Ratliffe, who averaged 10.6 points and 6 boards per game last season.

If Haith opts to go with a traditional lineup, he'll be forced to use either 6-9 senior Steve Moore - who averaged just two points per game last season - or redshirt freshman Kadeem Green, who missed last year while recovering from a torn Achilles.

This is a significant blow to a Missouri team that some believe had the talent to compete for a Big 12 title.

Photo: AP

Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: September 15, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Frank Haith gives first reaction to Yahoo story



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 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."

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.

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.

Photo: AP

Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: September 9, 2011 10:04 am
 

Archie Goodwin hates green and gold

By Gary Parrish

Archie Goodwin is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2012 (and, you might remember, the player former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey was once photographed with in violation of NCAA rules). The 6-foot-4 wing from Arkansas has narrowed his list of potential schools to Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis. But what I found most interesting is why Goodwin said he eliminated certain schools.

He talked to Evan Demirel about it recently.

I can appreciate Goodwin's candor.

Why not Texas?
“I did away with Texas simply because I didn’t feel like my relationship was strong enough with Coach [Rick] Barnes. I can see myself playing for Texas but I didn’t feel comfortable with him as my coach.”
And Missouri?
“I talked to the assistant coaches all the time. Coach Tim Fuller is one of the coolest assistant coaches I’ve ever known, but as far as the head coach, I really didn’t know his name. I couldn’t tell you the head coach’s name. He talked to me on the phone, but Tim was the one that mostly called.”
And Baylor?
“Coach Scott Drew is a great guy. I love Coach Drew. They were one of the first schools that were recruiting me. But I didn’t like that they were an adidas team, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t go to Kansas because Kansas is a great team. I can look over the adidas thing – I own some adidas stuff. I didn’t like their colors, either. I don’t like green and gold. That’s ugly …. When you got ugly colors like that, you gotta be Nike. …. Baylor has some ugly shoes, too."
(Note to Archie: Missouri's coach is Frank Haith. He used to be at Miami and worked for -- guess who? -- Rick Barnes at Texas before that.)
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Frank Haith is not polling well

By Gary Parrish

Jeff Eisenberg points out that the Kansas City Star is conducting an online poll with a very simple question: What should happen to Missouri athletic director Mike Alden and basketball coach Frank Haith? Readers can answer A) Fire Alden, B) Fire Haith, C) Keep both, or D) Fire both. And, as I type, 51 percent have voted to fire both while another 27 percent have voted to just fire Haith -- meaning 78 percent of Kansas City Star readers who have taken the time to answer want Haith gone before he ever coaches a game because of an accusation that he was aware of an alleged $10,000 payment to a recruit while at Miami. Or maybe they just want him gone because he might've cheated to get players and still failed to make the NCAA tournament in six of his seven years as the Hurricanes' coach.

Either way, the point's the same.

Frank Haith is not popular these days.

Assuming he lasts till the beginning of the season, he'd better win immediately.

If not, things will only get worse.

And quickly.
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Missouri can ill-afford to lose momentum

By Jeff Goodman

I hadn't really given it much thought until Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune reminded me of how many scholarships Missouri has open for the Class of 2012.

Eight.

No matter what happens with Missouri coach Frank Haith and the impending NCAA investigation in the wake of the allegations by convicted felon Nevin Shapiro, the Tigers will take a hit.

No one preys on negative situations like this one better than college basketball coaches.

They'll all use it against everyone that Haith and his staff are involved with from a recruiting standpoint - and this could crush any chance Haith had of putting together a mammoth class that wound continue the momentum the program has built under Mike Anderson and will continue to build with a strong team this season.

Walentik's story goes into more detail - and no, I'm not just linking to it because he quotes me, either (but that does, however, aid his case). 

There are seven seniors on the roster - and there's significant pressure for the Tigers to re-load in order to stay competitive towards the top of the Big 12.

That's not going to be easy with the cloud that's hanging over Haith right now. 

Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:23 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 8:58 am
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

By Gary Parrish

Frank Haith looks bad but he's probably going to be OK.

Because even if he did what former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he did -- i.e., ran a program that bought a recruit for $10,000 -- Haith was wise enough to have the deal done with cash, and he was also wise enough, according to the report, to never put his hands on the cash. That was, according to Shapiro, former Miami assistant Jake Morton's job. So Haith isn't alleged to have ever dealt with the payment, and the payment was allegedly made with cash, which means Haith's reputation is damaged but he's most likely just caught in a he-said/he-said situation.

Want to know what Haith will say?

I'd bet the $10,000 that allegedly went to somebody connected to DeQuan Jones that the first-year Missouri coach will acknowledge, in time, that he might've made poor decisions by dealing so closely with Shapiro, but that he never had knowledge of any payment, cash or otherwise, to any recruit. Haith will then add that he doesn't actually believe it happened and that folks should be careful about taking the word of an admitted criminal, and then he'll reiterate that even if it did happen, well, he's neither the one who asked Shapiro for cash nor the one who took cash from Shapiro.

Then it'll be up to the NCAA to prove otherwise.

Good luck.

Unless Shapiro has Haith on tape admitting knowledge of the alleged deal, or unless Haith was dumb enough to leave a paper trail that remains undiscovered, or unless a former player or assistant has proof that Haith was aware of the alleged deal, the main charge against Haith -- that he was aware of a $10,000 payment made to somebody connected to Jones -- will come down to Haith's word against other people's words, and that's why it would be wise to review the NCAA's case against Southern California and former Trojans coach Tim Floyd.

A person once said Floyd paid an associate of O.J. Mayo.

Floyd said it never happened.

And because the alleged payment was made in cash, well, that was the end of that story.

The NCAA never charged Floyd with a major violation.

He's now coaching at UTEP.

So does Haith look bad?

Yes, absolutely.

And is Shapiro telling the truth?

Man, it sure seems like it.

But there's no NCAA rule that forbids a coach from talking and texting with a booster, and there's not even an NCAA rule that says a coach can't go to a strip club with a booster, which is something else Shapiro claims Haith did. Again, those things look bad -- but they're unlikely to get Haith in trouble with the NCAA or fired from Missouri because the NCAA can't regulate personal behavior, and because Missouri probably won't try to fire a coach for going to a strip club years ago. That leaves us with the alleged $10,000 payment to somebody connected to Jones, which is obviously a violation. But as long as Haith explains that he doesn't believe it happened and that even if it did he had no knowledge of it, he'll almost certainly be OK unless somebody who can prove otherwise flips on him. That's the advantage of dealing with straight cash homey. After all these years, it's still the boldest and safest way to go.
 
 
 
 
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