The Miami Hurricanes are currently ranked in the top 10 nationally as the No. 8 team in the AP Top 25. Although Jim Larranaga is the current head coach of the Hurricanes, Frank Haith played a role in building this current team. Haith left Miami after the 2010-2011 season for a coaching position for the Missouri Tigers.
In 2011, Haith was mentioned in the Nevin Shapiro recruiting scandal at Miami (FL). Haith has gone on record to say that he had no part in any wrongdoing pertaining to this matter. If found guilty, this scandal would tarnish not only Miami’s program, but Haith’s image. Haith single-handedly turned around a non-existent basketball program at Miami and made it respectable. The “U” has been known for being a football school, until Frank Haith came. In seven seasons at Miami, Haith posted a 56.1% winning percentage. This may not look good to some, but keep in mind that he was in the ACC battling the likes of Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Florida State.
Several of the current Miami players were recruited by Haith (Garrius Adams, Julian Gamble, Reggie Johnson, Trey McKinney Jones, Kenny Kadji, and Durand Scott). Gamble and Johnson were native North Carolinians, which makes his recruiting even more impeccable. Larranaga may be the head coach of Miami’s basketball team, but he is coaching Haith’s players. Instead of throwing Haith under the bus, look at his resume’ and allow his work to speak for itself. The true essence of a good coach is when he can leave a university, and still have a positive impact on the program.