COLUMBIA, Missouri - Missouri's chancellor, Brady Deaton, issued a statement Saturday. He wanted to clarify some remarks he had made the previous day after a Board of Curators meeting. Deaton's original comments made it sound like he knew the University of Miami football program was under investigation when the Tigers hired basketball coach Frank Haith. Now, Deaton is saying he did not know about any investigation at all until very recently.
"After reading a few accounts this morning, I felt it necessary to provide clarification to my statements following the August 19, 2011, University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting. At no time were we aware of any allegations at the University of Miami, football, basketball, or otherwise, until Tuesday's Yahoo! Sports report. In the days leading up to the report we, as many of you, heard about the allegations of improprieties at Miami, but that early media information centered around football. That was my contention in the comment below, and the insinuation that we knew about a potential investigation during our hiring process is an incorrect interpretation of my remarks yesterday. As I stated, no evidence of an investigation came up during our vetting process."
Deaton is referencing a Yahoo!Sports report that detailed the activities of former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro claims to have broken many NCAA rules. Most of his allegations involve the Miami football team. However, Shapiro did claim to have a relationship with Haith and the basketball program. At one point, Shapiro claims he paid a player to come play for Haith at Miami.