MIAMI (CBSMiami) – University of Missouri head basketball coach Frank Haith may be charged as early as this week with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance for his role in the Nevin Shapiro case, according to CBSSports.com.
Haith was the coach at the University of Miami during the time Shapiro alleged that he paid players among other charges detailed in a Yahoo Sports article in August 2011.
According to CBSSports.com, if Haith is found to have committed unethical conduct, he could face a "multiple-year show-cause penalty." A show-cause penalty means any school looking to hire Haith must go before the NCAA infractions committee and possibly face sanctions themselves.
The CBSSports.com report said the NCAA wasn't able to prove the allegation from Shapiro that Haith or anyone on his staff paid $10,000 to a family member of former Cane DeQuan Jones. The CBSSports.com report said Haith will be charged because "the NCAA did not believe his story that payments to his assistants intended for camp money did not wind up going to repay Shapiro."
According to the report, Haith faces a charge of failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance stems from impermissible airline travel that was "given to the family of two players from a member of his staff and also the interaction between Shapiro and players while on visits."
In addition to Haith, CBSSports.com reported assistant coaches Jake Morton, Jorge Fernandez and Michael Schwartz will also receive unethical conduct charges.
For Haith, it's unknown how this could impact his head coaching job at Mizzou. He led the team to a Big XII Championship and was national coach of the year in 2012, but depending on the severity of the penalties, could be in serious trouble as his team tries to make a run in the SEC.
Missouri athletic director Mike Alden has repeatedly stood by Haith in the face of all of the allegations against him. But, if Haith's charges are too severe, Mizzou might face a choice between dealing with sanctions against Haith and moving on.
According to the CBSSports.com report, Haith and the other coaches will have 90 days to respond in writing before a hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions. That hearing would be held in mid-June, according to the report.
If UM receives it notice of allegations at the same time as Haith this week, and the school chooses to go before the Infractions Committee; a final decision could be made on UM's penalties by the end of the year.
However, the CBSSports.com report stated the arrival of the letter could be delayed as the NCAA clears all questions surrounding the case before moving forward.
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