Well here’s some breaking news I didn’t expect this afternoon: after an NCAA investigation into impermissible benefits, Missouri’s men’s basketball program just announced a series of self-imposed penalties, including:
- A one-year postseason ban for the 2015-2016 season, meaning they will NOT participate in the 2016 SEC Tournament
- Vacating all its wins from the 2013-2014 season
- Giving up one men’s basketball scholarship for 2015-2016 and an additional scholarship no later than the 2017-2018 season
- Further restrictions on recruiting activities through 2017
- Paying a $5,000 fine
What happened? According to a release from Missouri, all of the violations occurred during Frank Haith’s tenure, and included the following:
- A donor gave impermissible benefits to three basketball players and one recruit from 2013-2014, including payment for work not performed during a summer internship; housing; $520 in cash; transportation, iPads, meals and the use of a local gym (Level I violation)
- A second donor gave impermissible benefits to 11 players and three members of one player’s family from 2011-2014, including a “friends & family” reduced rate at a hotel as well as meals and a ride on a recreational boat (Level II violation)
- Failure to monitor the internship program mentioned above (Level II violation)
- A former associate head men’s basketball coach assisted in the relocation of a prospective student-athlete by providing the phone number of the prospect’s mother to a donor (Representative #2) to arrange for rental housing. (Level III violation)
Currently at 8-8 and 10th in the SEC, I doubt Missouri would have done much this postseason, but still, ouch. And all the while, Frank Haith’s still doing his thing down in Tulsa. Missouri found out about the investigation on April 14, 2014. Haith took the job at Tulsa four days later.
To read the full release from Mizzou, click here.