According to a post on the CBS Sports website, NCAA allegations against the University of Miami could be released as early as this week.
The report claims that an unnamed source close to the situation said the NCAA will charge Missouri coach Frank Haith, who previously coached at Miami, with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.
The report also says the allegations could lead to a multiple-year show-cause penalty.
A show-cause penalty is an order from the NCAA that states that for a set period of time, NCAA penalties imposed on a coach involving major rule violations at one athletic program will be enforced if hired by another NCAA athletic program.
In most cases, show-cause penalties end college-coaching careers.
The CBS report said NCAA investigators were unable to prove the allegations made by Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who claimed, according to an August 2011 report from Yahoo Sports, that Haith or a Miami basketball staff member paid $10,000 to a family member of former player DeQuan Jones.
In spite of this, the CBS report says the Missouri coach will still be charged with unethical conduct because of problems the NCAA found with Haith’s account that payments to his assistant intended for camp money did not wind up going to repay Shapiro. The unnamed source said that the money was delivered to Shapiro’s mother, who verified the payment to NCAA investigators.
Shapiro is currently serving a 20-year sentence for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, and claimed in the Yahoo Sports report that Haith had knowledge of a $10,000 payment he made to assistant basketball coach Jake Morton in the summer of 2008 to secure then basketball recruit Jones, which was then returned following Shapiro’s incarceration in June 2010.
The CBS report also claims that Haith will be charged with a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance because impermissible airline travel was given to the families of players and that there was interaction between Shapiro and players while on visits.
Wally Bley, an attorney representing Haith in the matter, claims that Haith has not received any notification from the NCAA.
Bley said he could not comment on the CBS report because he is “bound by the NCAA to respect the confidentiality of the investigation.” Last week, Bley said allegations made by the NCAA should be “taken with a grain of salt.”
The University of Missouri released a statement Monday night saying that it is aware of the CBS report, and that it has been in communication with the NCAA regarding the investigation.
It stated that “coach Haith and the University of Missouri continue to cooperate fully. However, we are not at liberty to comment further out of respect for the NCAA process.”
If the allegations are officially released and Haith receives a formal notice, he will have 90 days to respond in writing before having a hearing in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which is operated separately from NCAA investigators.
Universities are permitted to hire coaches who receive the show-clause penalty, but are subject to severe penalties if the coach commits any other violations.
Missouri hired Haith to replace Mike Anderson on April 4, 2011, and Yahoo Sports reported the initial allegations made by Shapiro four months after his hiring.
Haith’s contract states “if an Employee is found in violation of NCAA regulations, he shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedures, including suspension without pay or termination of employment for significant or repetitive violations.”