COLUMBIA — Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith has finally received his notice of NCAA allegations, and although its full contents remain unclear, it appears he might be hit with a less-serious charge of failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.
Haith and his lawyer have not commented fully on what’s in the notice of allegations, other than to say that contrary to a CBSSports.com report a month ago, it does not include an unethical-conduct charge that could have led to the dreaded multiple-year, show-cause penalty by the NCAA.
However, CBSSports.com reported Wednesday that Haith still faces the failure-to-monitor charge, which has less-severe consequences than the unethical-conduct penalty, which essentially prevents schools from hiring coaches. Haith’s situation would have been unusual — he had moved to another school before the results of the investigation.
But with no unethical-conduct charge, it’s a moot point. On its website, the NCAA describes failure to monitor as “a serious violation that is similar to lack of institutional control but considered less significant. Violations that result from a failure to monitor are usually limited in scope and do not involve widespread inadequacies in compliance systems and functions that are often found in lack of institutional control cases.”
Typically, schools and individuals named in the notice of allegations have 90 days to file a response, and that can be reviewed by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Penalties could be announced months later.
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