Campus Corner

Timing, location could make Haith’s situation unique

Updated: 2013-01-23T03:49:04Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF and TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

Will this be the winter of Missouri discontent?

MU basketball coach Frank Haith is expected to be charged by the NCAA with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance while he worked at the University of Miami, according to a report by CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman.

But time and location would create unique circumstances in Haith’s case if and when formal allegations are made by the NCAA.

He’s no longer at the school where the trouble originated, and when Missouri hired him in April 2011, athletic director Mike Alden had checked with the NCAA for past discretions and was given a green light.

The Miami scandal, which focused on gifts provided by jailed booster Nevin Shapiro, was uncovered in reporting by Yahoo! Sports after Haith had moved to Missouri.

Does that mean Missouri could pay for the alleged misdeeds at another school?

If the NCAA charges Haith, he is expected to have 90 days to respond in writing before a hearing is set with the NCAA Committee on Infractions, likely in June. At that stage, he can argue the charges, and MU officials could observe. There are past examples of the NCAA not being able to prove all allegations made in a formal notice.

It typically takes the committee an average of two months to rule and hand out penalties. Once decisions are made public, parties can appeal.

If Haith is found guilty of the charges mentioned in the CBSSports.com report, a multiple-year show-cause penalty could result. A show-cause typically renders a coach unemployable in the college ranks. Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl and Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson were hit with multi-year show-cause penalties.

If Haith remains the coach at MU and is tagged with a show-cause order, it’s likely he would be prohibited from recruiting or suspended for multiple games. Those penalties would follow him to MU. If Missouri wanted to keep Haith, the school likely would have to explain that decision to the NCAA — why it wants to employ a coach with such a charge — and could also ask for relief from the penalties, which has been successful in other NCAA cases.

MU also would have the option to terminate Haith based on language in his contract.

Whatever the timeline in Missouri’s case, Haith’s situation will hang over the team until it’s resolved, which could be well after this season ends.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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