Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith faces a five-game suspension after the NCAA found he failed to monitor his former assistants' interactions with a disgraced Miami booster.
The NCAA released the findings of its investigation into convicted felon Nevin Shapiro's relationship with Miami athletics on Tuesday. It found that then-Miami coach Haith and an assistant coach provided Shapiro $10,000 after he threatened to expose previous improper contact with high school recruits and amateur coaches.
Shapiro initially demanded Haith return a $50,000 donation, but the coach refused. The unidentified assistant then loaned Shapiro $7,000, which he later repaid. The NCAA also found that Haith helped his assistant pay off Shapiro's mother.
In a statement, Haith said he "strongly" disagrees with the report "and the interference on how the program was run at the University of Miami."
He said he accepts responsibility since he was head basketball coach at the time.
"This has been an excruciating ordeal for my family. An appeal, which would likely drag further into the season, would only prolong what has already been a lengthy and trying period of time for our student-athletes, the University of Missouri and our fans, and it's time for closure."
He said he is humbled and grateful for the support he has received at MU including from school leadership and fans.
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said the university will not appeal the sanctions imposed on Haith.
"The University of Missouri has a strong culture of compliance. I can firmly say that since April of 2011 when he joined our family, coach Haith has reaffirmed our values of compliance in every way, and we fully expect that to continue," Deaton said. "We owe our student-athletes, our university, our state and Mizzou Nation no less."
Athletic Director Mike Alden said he recognizes the "serious nature" of the allegations. He said Haith has been forthright with school administrators and compliance staff during the process.
"After all this time, coach Haith, his family, the University of Missouri, our student-athletes and our fans deserve closure," Alden said. "We are extremely excited about the direction of our program and look forward to his continued leadership for our young men. I'm proud to have Frank Haith as our men's basketball coach."
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