COLUMBIA, Mo. - The NCAA is investigating Mizzou head basketball coach Frank Haith after a Yahoo! Sports report.
In the story, a former Miami booster alleges Haith acknowledged a $10,000 payoff to land a commitment from a recruit while serving as the Hurricanes head basketball coach in 2007.
The former Miami booster is Nevin Shapiro. He is serving a 20-year sentence in federal prison for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
The 42-year-old Shapiro alleges he paid $10,000 to help Miami secure recruit DeQuan Jones. Shapiro says assistant coach Jake Morton set up the transaction and acted as the conduit for the funds. Shapiro also claims Haith acknowledged the transaction in a one-on-one conversation.
The Yahoo! Sports report also includes two photos that show Haith with Shapiro. Haith denied Shapiro's claims in the Yahoo! Sports story.
Haith and Mizzou released these statements on Tuesday night:
Frank Haith Statement:
"In response to a recent news article, I can confirm that the NCAA has asked to speak with me regarding the time I spent at the University of Miami. I am more than happy to cooperate with the national office on this issue and look forward to a quick resolution. The NCAA has instructed me not to comment further at this time in order to protect the integrity of their review, so I appreciate your understanding in this matter. The reports questioning my personal interactions with Mr. Shapiro are not an accurate portrayal of my character and per the above I am unable to comment further."
"We are aware of today's Yahoo! Sports story and the University of Missouri acknowledges that the NCAA has requested to speak with Coach Haith regarding his time at the University of Miami. As a member of the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference, the University of Missouri will cooperate fully throughout this process. Per the NCAA's request and guiding bylaws, we are unable to comment further in order to protect the integrity of their review."