“I hate to speculate on that because I don’t know. My gut would say yes. My gut would say yes – because there’s a lot of smoke here. If Frank Haith gets a ‘show cause’ of any kind, and unethical conduct matches up with a ‘show cause.’ Bruce Pearl got three years.”
Jeff Goodman, when asked by Steven St. John to give his opinion on whether or not Mizzou will be shopping for a new head basketball coach for next season due to the reports that the NCAA is about to rule on Haith’s involvement with the Miami/Shapiro scandal, 810 AM
GH: What a difference a couple of weeks makes. Before Haith and his Tigers were throttled at Ole Miss, the talk was that Mizzou was the favorite to win the SEC. Two embarrassing blowout road losses and a pending NCAA ruling later, and Mizzou’s basketball world resembles Gary Pinkel’s ugly first run through the south. Read on.
“[Mizzou] may have to part ways with Frank Haith. They may have to part ways with Mike Alden for making this hire.”
Bob Fescoe, 980 AM
GH: Mike Alden has also taken some hits to his resume. First the Pinkel problems, now the Haith mess. Will it come back to stick to Alden? He has shown to be remarkably durable in his time at Mizzou.
“It’s a tough deal for Mike Alden. I’m not saying I’m faulting [Mizzou’s] process for hiring him at that time. But it wasn’t too shortly after that all of this started coming to light. It’s kind of been hovering over their heads now for a long, long time. It looks like now it’s coming to a head.”
Dave Armstrong, 810 AM
GH: Alden hired Haith in April of 2011 and YahooSports.com broke the Miami/Shapiro scandal in August of that same year.
“Not at all. I wouldn’t put any blame on [Mike Alden] for hiring Frank Haith – because none of us knew this was going on other than maybe the guys at Yahoo and I’m not sure they knew when Frank Haith was hired.”
Jeff Goodman, when asked if Alden will suffer from Haith’s problems at Miami, 810 AM
GH: I’m not as confident that Alden will skate from Haith’s alleged crime as cleanly as Goodman believes. Haith was not a popular hire. He is becoming an embarrassment. That always reflects on the guy making the hire.
“Normally, coaches who get in this kind of trouble have already been fired.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Goodman is speculating it could be next fall before a final decision on Haith’s penalty could be made by the NCAA. That is a terrible situation for MU’s program, especially when it comes to recruiting. Alden will have to make a tough call – stand by Haith until the axe falls or cut and run. So far, Alden has chosen to show great patience.
“It’s premature to talk, say anything other than that, based on I’m bound by confidentiality based on the process of the NCAA. That’s all I can say.”
Frank Haith, addressing the topic Monday night on his Tiger Talk Radio Show
GH: Haith has a lot of explaining to do. His recent glum faces while seated on the Mizzou bench may not have all been the results of his team’s play.
“It sounds like they don’t believe him. It sounds like they feel he’s lying because his story doesn’t match up with other [Miami] assistant coaches on the staff. … He’s saying he gave this money to his assistants for camp money and it totals just about $10,000. And then Nevin Shapiro is saying he got just about $10,000 back for repayment, that’s where the NCAA is saying right now it does not add up.”
Jeff Goodman, 810 AM
GH: If Haith’s assistants and staff at Miami are pointing the finger at him, his coaching career is about to go the way of Bruce Pearl – but without the used-car salesman personality.
“They’re the judge. They’re the jury. They’re the executioner. They can do whatever they want.”
Jeff Goodman, who broke the latest report on Haith on CBSSports.com, on the NCAA’s power in ruling on Frank Haith’s case, 810 AM
GH: Sounds a lot like al-Qaeda.
“It doesn’t look great right now but we’ll have to see how everything shakes out. Just because he is charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, does not mean that he’ll definitely get a ‘show cause.’ He could be okay at the end of all this but certainly it’s not looking great right now.”
Jeff Goodman, 810 AM
GH: What a spring, summer and fall Frank Haith has to look forward to…not to mention Mizzou basketball fans. This cannot be good for a team that is already injured and reeling.
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