Friday, August 19, 2011

The University of Missouri is larger than Frank Haith. It's larger than Mike Alden. Heck, it's larger than Chase Daniel.
The leadership at our university needs to ask themselves honest questions about the future and take the course that is in the best interest for the university and the men's basketball program.
Right, wrong, or indifferent, the allegations against Frank Haith are public. Regardless of the outcome, this will stay with him now. Opposing coaches in the Big 12 and other conferences, when recruiting players, will use this "issue" to actively recruit against the University of Missouri.
If the university proceeds with Haith as their coach, they need to be prepared for the negative impacts this black cloud hanging over the program will have on the players for the 2011-2012 season. Those who say it will have no impact should look at the 2003-2004 squad, a team full of talent that had similar issues hanging.

Frank Haith addresses the media

In the next two years, Missouri has 10 scholarships it must fill. Recruiting might be more important than winning this year because of the dire situation we could find ourselves in for 2012 and 2013. If Haith remains, recruiting is going to be negatively impacted and the University of Missouri will constantly be forced to fight an uphill battle for players.

If Haith is fired, the University runs the risk of a lawsuit if the allegations are false. That being said, the University of Miami knew about the NCAA investigation in March (and probably before that), and did not disclose information regarding said investigation to Missouri. In fact, Ross went as far as to publicly recommend Haith to Mike Alden (If you believe his intentions were benign, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you). It is highly probable that Miami willfully misled Alden and the university in the vetting process. If this is the case, Missouri could have legal grounds for a suit against Miami, seeking damages if in fact Haith sues Missouri.
Or, Frank Haith could resign and the University of Missouri could work on a fair buyout.
Waiting in a bunker is not an option. Waiting 18-24 months will set this program back 5 years due to the recruiting issue. There is no situation where a good outcome will be had for the University of Missouri if they so choose to keep Frank Haith employeed as men's basketball coach.
In the best interest of the university, Mike Alden should strongly urge Frank Haith to resign. If that doesn't happen, they should terminate his employment due to the embarrassment it has already caused (which is written in his contract), and take their chances on a lawsuit later.

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