Tag:Nevin Shapiro
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 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.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:15 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 6:20 am
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