Missouri Tigers men’s head basketball coach Frank Haith will not be charged with unethical conduct and instead will be charged with a lesser “failure to adhere to an atmosphere of compliance” infraction, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.
Haith intends to appeal the charge.
“I did get a notice of allegations,” Haith said in his press conference after Missouri’s 63-60 win over No. 5 Florida Tuesday night. “Contrary to what was reported, there was no unethical conduct in my notice of allegation. And it is just an allegation. So we get a chance to defend ourselves.
“The biggest thing I want to tell you is, I’m glad this thing is almost over with.”
Haith had not turned over the notice to Missouri officials as of Tuesday night, but had informed them in a conversation. Haith intends to forward the documents to the athletic department today.
The lack of an unethical conduct charge means Missouri will not be at risk for any penalties, so it is likely Haith will remain as head coach of the Tigers program.
“I think all of us are just pleased (to say), ‘Good, let’s go ahead and get this, go ahead and deal with it and move forward,’” Missouri’s Athletic Director Mike Alden said. “I’m looking forward to working with Frank for a long time.”
Charges of misconduct began when a Yahoo! report revealed former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro had been giving money and other impermissible benefits to Hurricane football and basketball players. Haith was said to have been aware of a $10,o00 payment to recruit DeQuan Jones, who would later sign with Miami and is now playing for the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
The charge led to a report by CBS Sports.com that Haith would be hit with an unethical conduct charge, which carries a three-year show-cause penalty and would likely have led to his dismissal. Tuesday night proved that report to be false.
“I’m just glad, again, that we’ll have some resolutions,” Alden said.
The appeals process will last 90 days. Missouri’s next game will be at Kentucky on Saturday.