NCAA won't detail Haith/Miami investigation until it investigates its own process

Jan 23, 2013

There’s going to be a delay before University of Missouri basketball fans find out whether the team’s head coach, Frank Haith, will face charges from the NCAA related to his time at the University of Miami.

The NCAA issued a statement Wednesday on its website saying it is going to delay the “Notice of Allegations” in the University of Miami investigation until it can investigate what it calls “improper conduct within its enforcement program.”

The investigation surrounds a former Miami Hurricanes booster named Nevin Shapiro, who told Yahoo Sports he participated in a number of activities that would break NCAA recruiting rules. Among them, Shapiro said Haith approved a $10,000 payment to a recruit while he was the head coach at Miami – before Haith took the coaching job at MU. Haith has denied that allegation.

The NCAA says it is going to delay releasing its allegations in the University of Miami investigation because former NCAA staff members worked with a  criminal defense attorney for Nevin Shapiro and improperly obtained information through a bankruptcy proceeding. That case was not related to the NCAA, and the organization does not have subpoena power.

CBSSports.com reported Monday that unnamed sources told them Haith will face "unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance" charges. Last year, Haith said he was cooperating fully with the NCAA investigation into allegations. Following the CBS sports report, Haith’s attorney told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Haith had not been notified of any charges, and that the report made a “mockery” of the process.