UPDATED: Missouri basketball announces violations under Frank Haith
NCAA clears Haith of any wrongdoing, per statement.
Jan. 13, 2016
This story has been updated to include a statement from former basketball coach Frank Haith’s attorney.
On Wednesday, the Missouri men’s basketball program announced five violations of the NCAA bylaws dating back to 2011, via a news release.
In that year, former coach Frank Haith took over the Missouri program, and each of the violations came in his tenure. Haith was suspended for five games during the 2013-14 season for his role in the Nevin Shapiro scandal at the University of Miami.
"We have already taken many proactive steps to address concerns, including appropriate self-imposed sanctions,” athletic director Mack Rhoades said in a statement. “Our working relationship with the current men's basketball staff is strong and I am confident in their commitment to upholding our standards and values for Mizzou Athletics."
Of the infractions reported by the school are situations that deal in all four levels of violations in the NCAA enforcement process. Level I and Level II violations — which are considered major infractions — to Level III and Level IV — which are secondary in nature — were all reported by the school based on evidence found by Missouri and the NCAA.
Haith was cleared of any wrongdoing, according to a statement released by his attorney to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Haith cooperated with the investigation and said he “acted appropriately at all times and that he monitored the program and promoted an atmosphere of compliance.”
“The fact that the enforcement staff has not charged coach Haith with any violations validates our position,” the statement said.
In response to the violations, Missouri has decided to vacate all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season. The university will also pay a fine of $5,000 to the NCAA, is imposing a postseason ban for the 2015-16 season — which does include the SEC tournament — and will also feature a loss of scholarship for the 2016-17 season.
"We are obviously very disappointed that the actions of a few individuals have put our program in this situation,” Kim Anderson said in a statement. “However, I am appreciative to Mack Rhoades and our staff for their guidance and support throughout this process. I hurt for our kids more than anything and for our only senior Ryan Rosburg in particular, but I am confident we will overcome this and be stronger as a team and as a staff because of it.
“We are committed to representing this great university and state with honor and integrity and that's what we are going to do."