The future looks bright for the Missouri Tigers mens basketball team. They are doing much better in the SEC than many predicted – although being crushed by Florida and Ole Miss may not be seen as the Tigers playing to their full potential. They have the best passing point guard in the country in Phil Pressey.
However, after losing two of their last three games and their best post scorer to injury, the newcomers to the SEC might be facing something even more daunting then a conference schedule that includes Florida and Kentucky: NCAA violations.
It is reported that the NCAA will accuse Frank Haith of “unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance,” during his time as head basketball coach at the University of Miami. The NCAA believes that Haith was paying a booster with money that was allegedly delegated for basketball camps as well as paying players families. The booster that Haith is supposed to be accused of helping is former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro who is serving a 20 year prison sentence for a Ponzi scheme.
These are serious allegations by the NCAA and if found to be conclusive, Missouri will most likely fire Haith in an attempt to avoid stiff penalties – just like Tennessee did to former coach Bruce Pearl for a much less serious offense a few years ago. In power conferences like the SEC where basketball is a big money sport, NCAA sanctions can destroy a program for years and it may be Missouri that ends up suffering more than Haith.