August 23, 2014

Haith and Alden ready to move on past Miami investigation (AUDIO)

Frank Haith

Frank Haith

The University of Miami received its notice of allegations from the NCAA, which accused the school of having a “lack of institutional control,” typically one of the most severe notices the NCAA can bring after an investigation of  violations. The NCAA finds that Miami did not do a well enough job of monitoring the conduct of booster Nevin Shapiro, who provided thousands of dollars in cash, gifts and other items to football and men’s basketball players.

After the Missouri men’s basketball win over #5 Florida, both Head Coach Frank Haith and Director of Athletics Mike Alden addressed the media following the postgame press conference.

“I did get a notice of allegation,” Haith said. “Contrary to what was reported, there was no unethical conduct in my notice of allegation. And it is just an allegation, so we get a chance to defend ourselves. My attorney’s here and he’s going to forward that to Mike and his staff here tomorrow, but the biggest thing is I’m glad this thing is almost over with.”

AUDIO Haith on notice of allegations (:25)

Alden appears ready to support Haith and is ready to move on past the issue.

“We’re glad there’s going to be closure on this…we’ll be able to deal with it (allegations) and work together on that and move forward.”

AUDIO Alden on the NCAA’s handling of the investigation and moving forward with Haith (1:10)

According to Dennis Dodds of CBS, Haith faces a failure-to-monitor charge.  That charge still carries the possibility of sanctions against the Mizzou coach. Yahoo! Sports reported in 2011 that Haith had knowledge of a $10,000 payment to the family of then-Miami recruit Daquan Jones. Haith has denied wrongdoing.