Frank Haith Releases Statement In Response To Yahoo!'s Miami Investigation

Though Miami basketball isn't nearly the focus of Yahoo! Sports' comprehensive investigation of former UM booster Nevin Shapiro's improper contact with the Hurricanes, the hardwood in Coral Gables isn't completely untainted.

The big bombshell was the revelation that former Miami, current Missouri, head basketball Frank Haith acknowledged Shapiro making a $10,000 down payment on the recruitment of current senior DeQuan Jones. They also were total strip club buddies, which isn't against the rules, but is telling of their relationship.

Haith said he will fully comply with the inevitable NCAA investigation, which is underway, in a released statement, per CBS Sports:

In response to a recent news article, I can confirm that the NCAA has asked to speak with me regarding the time I spent at the University of Miami. I am more than happy to cooperate with the national office on this issue and look forward to a quick resolution. The NCAA has instructed me not to comment further at this time in order to protect the integrity of their review, so I appreciate your understanding in this matter. The reports questioning my personal interactions with Mr. Shapiro are not an accurate portrayal of my character and per the above I am unable to comment further.    

He's likely "more than happy" because he's in Columbia, Mo., not in Coral Gables, Fla. A scandal like this hasn't rocked the NCAA since it banned SMU from fielding a football team in 1987, so there's no telling the punishment that will be handed down. However, it's clear from Robinson's story that Haith, and likely Missouri, will not emerge unscathed.

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