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Haith's contract says he could be fired for violations at Miami

2011-08-17T12:30:00Z 2011-09-08T01:34:36Z Haith's contract says he could be fired for violations at Miamiby VAHE GREGORIAN stltoday.com
August 17, 2011 12:30 pm  • 

While much remains to be understood and determined about issues surrounding Mizzou basketball coach Frank Haith's relationship with suddenly infamous Miami booster Nevin Shapiro when Haith was coaching the Hurricanes, Mizzou also must assess what to do with Haith.

It can take on faith that Haith was not entwined inappropriately with Shapiro, who said Haith was aware of a $10,000 payment to a recruit in an exhaustive Yahoo! Sports report released Tuesday, and not act.

It could wait to take action based on what is determined by NCAA investigators, with whom Haith says he will cooperate in hopes of prompt resolution.

It could consider putting Haith on administrative leave until the NCAA resolves the matter.

It also apparently could consider firing Haith, according to the terms of his contract signed in the spring.

Under the category "Termination For Cause," the contract stipulates Mizzou "shall have the right to terminate the Contract for Employment" for "any behavior of the employee that brings him into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or any behavior that is unfavorable to the reputation or moral or ethical standards of the University."

Specifically, the contract accounts for rules violations that "in the sole judgment of the University, reflect adversely" on it, including "any violation which occurred during prior employment of the Employee at another NCAA member institution."

Among other questions facing Mizzou now:

Considering the NCAA and Miami each have known about allegations surrounding the program for more than a year, why was MU evidently unaware of the looming allegations? Did the NCAA , Miami or, in fact, Haith not inform MU of information it should have?

And how will Mizzou's considerable recruiting needs suffer from a shadow that will hover over the program until the matter is reconciled?

MU declined comment as of Wednesday morning.

 

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