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Trouble For Haith

Missouri men’s basketball Head Coach Frank Haith may be facing charges of unethical conduct by the NCAA.On Monday, reported the NCAA was going to release allegations against the University of Miami with “unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance” that included Haith, who was the former basketball coach for the Hurricanes.This all stems from allegations of a former booster, Nevin Shapiro, who claimed to have given thousands of impermissible benefits to the University of Miami from 2002 and 2010. Shapiro claimed he gave $10,000 to a family member of Hurricane’s basketball player DeQuan Jones to seal his commitment. The NCAA was unable to prove that Haith, or anyone on his staff, knew about the money exchanged between Jones and Shapiro, but Haith will be charged with unethical conduct, because, according to CBSSports, the NCAA did not believe his story that the money, which was supposed to be used for camp, wasn’t used to repay Shapiro. The report cited a source claiming the money was delivered to Shapiro’s mother, who verified the payment to the NCAA. Other allegations of impermissible airline travel to family members of players, along with infractions of recruiting visits have allowed the NCAA to charge Haith with a “failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.” CBSSports is also reporting that three assistants previously on Haith’s staff — Jake Morton, Jorge Fernandez and Michael Schwartz — each will receive unethical conduct charges. Everyone involved will have 90 days to respond to the NCAA findings, before the hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions., A decision on the penalties will be handed down to Haith, his staff and those involved in the investigation four to six months after the hearing. The investigation began nearly two years ago after Shapiro, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for a $930 million Ponzi scheme, told Yahoo Sports that he gave thousands of impermissible benefits, primarily to football players, from 2002 to 2010. Attempts to reach Haith or the Missouri Athletic Department have not been returned as of Monday evening.

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