Missouri coach Frank Haith on Monday addressed recent reports that the NCAA is expected to soon hand the University of Miami a notice of allegations following a nearly two-year investigation.
By TEREZ PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Six months after Haith was hired at Missouri, Yahoo! Sports reported that a member of Haith’s staff at Miami — with the cooperation of jailed booster Nevin Shapiro — paid guard DeQuan Jones $10,000 to attend the school. Haith denied the allegation, and Jones was reinstated by the school after a brief suspension. The allegation was one of several accusations of impermissible benefits that were given to Miami athletes.
The Miami Herald reported Saturday that individuals alleged with committing NCAA violations will soon receive notices and that two sources close to the investigation said they were told by the NCAA “to be available near their phones” on Monday to discuss allegations made against them.
When asked Monday if he has received any notice from the NCAA regarding his status in the case, Haith said he has not.
“I haven’t, but obviously … it’s kind of a relief to know this is coming to an end, that part of it, in terms of their allegations — if there are any — against Frank Haith,” Haith said. “And if there are, then we have a chance to defend ourselves.”
The Herald reported that once the University of Miami receives the allegations, it will have up to 90 days to respond in writing before a hearing is set with the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
Three Miami players, including Jones, were suspended for at least one game last season for receiving impermissible benefits related to the investigation.
Haith has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said he is cooperating with the NCAA in the case. He indicated Monday that he is happy the investigation is finally drawing to a close.
“I am glad (because) something like this has been taxing on me and our family and our program,” Haith said, “so it’s good to know it’s coming closer to the end.”
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