Miami's Frank Haith to Become 17th Missouri Men's Basketball Coach

Brian HaenchenContributor IIApril 4, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11:  Head coach Frank Haith of the Miami Hurricanes communicates with the team during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It should be noted that no officials from either Missouri or Miami have come out and publicly confirmed these reports of Frank Haith taking the head coaching job at Missouri. However, media members and outlets publishing these reports are reputable and there is no reason to doubt their validity. Attempts to reach members of the Missouri athletic department have been unsuccessful

UPDATE (12:07 AM CT): SPORTS by BROOKS reported the following:

Alden elected not to wait for a possible chance to talk to Shaka Smart. Mizzou sources tell me that Alden had no interest in bidding against NC State for Smart's services. A Big 10 head coach told me tonight Alden's search was hindered by a perception that he was lowballing candidates.

UPDATE (11:39 CT): AP sources have confirmed reports that Haith is headed to Missouri. It appears that tomorrow night's UM Board of Curators meeting will be to decide on whether or not to accept the hiring of Haith and to iron out the financial details of his contract from the University's side of things. 

UPDATE (11:27 CT): ESPN's Andy Katz is now confirming that Frank Haith is heading to Mizzou to coach their men's basketball team. Katz is reporting that Haith's deal will be somewhere in the six-year range. This move is already drawing both criticism and bewilderment from the Tiger faithful. Miami fans, however, appear to be ecstatic that Haith is leaving.  

It appears that Frank Haith is set to take over as head coach of the Missouri Tigers’ men’s basketball team.

The story was originally broken by Sports by Brooks and has since been confirmed by Steve Walentik of The Columbia Daily Tribune and via Twitter by PowerMizzou’s Gabe DeArmond.

Haith, 45, has yet to notify his team according to Walentik, who cited an unnamed source in his report.

The UM Board of Curators will meet in a closed session at 7:45 Monday night. It is presumed that the topic of the meeting will be to approve the hiring of Haith.

Haith has gone 126-94 in his seven seasons as head coach at Miami. In Atlantic Coast Conference play, he has posted a record of 40-63.

Miami’s best season under Haith came in 2008 when they finished the season 23-11 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. That team went 8-8 in conference play, good for fifth in the ACC. That was not only the only season they reached the NCAA tournament under Haith, but also the only time they finished with an even .500 record in the ACC.

Before taking over at Miami in 2004, Haith coached for three seasons under Rick Barnes at Texas. His other stops included Texas A&M, Wake Forest, UNC-Wilmington, Penn State and Wake Forest a second time.

If these reports are true, it would be a surprising move to say the least. Missouri previously targeted Matt Painter for the job, but he turned down their offer and returned to Purdue.

Rumors over the weekend connected Missouri to Shaka Smart of VCU, New Mexico’s Steve Alford and Minnesota’s Tubby Smith.