Oct. 22, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Below are statements from Missouri Athletics Officials following today's NCAA ruling:
Frank Haith, HEAD BASKETBALL COACH
"While I strongly disagree with today's report, and the inference on how the program was run at the University of Miami, as head basketball coach during that period, I accept responsibility for all actions in and around that program. This has been an excruciating ordeal for my family. An appeal, which would likely drag further into the season, would only prolong what has already been a lengthy and trying period of time for our student-athletes, the University of Missouri and our fans, and it's time for closure.
"I'm pleased with the positive working relationship we have with our compliance staff at Mizzou and we will continue our focus in that area as we move forward. I am very humbled and grateful for the support that I have received from the University of Missouri, its leadership, and our tremendous fans."
BRADY DEATON, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI CHANCELLOR
"I have reviewed the findings of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions related to the University of Miami athletic program. Given our respect for the principles of compliance in intercollegiate sports, we will not appeal the sanctions placed on our Head Men's Basketball Coach, Frank Haith.
"The University of Missouri has a strong culture of compliance. I can firmly say that since April of 2011 when he joined our family, Coach Haith has reaffirmed our values of compliance in every way, and we fully expect that to continue. We owe our student-athletes, our university, our state, and Mizzou Nation no less."
MIKE ALDEN, DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
"We certainly recognize the serious nature of the allegations included in today's report. At Missouri, we take great pride in our conduct with regard to NCAA rules and regulations. During his time here, Coach Haith has been forthright with me and our compliance staff throughout this long process. After all this time, Coach Haith, his family, the University of Missouri, our student-athletes, and our fans, deserve closure. We are extremely excited about the direction of our program and look forward to his continued leadership for our young men. I'm proud to have Frank Haith as our men's basketball coach."
MARY AUSTIN, SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR - COMPLIANCE
"We have reviewed the NCAAs ruling on the University of Miami's infractions case, particularly its ruling on the allegations against Frank Haith. We are supportive of Coach Haith's decision to move forward, even though the option to appeal was there. It's very important to note that Coach Haith has been diligent and consistent in his efforts to promote an atmosphere of compliance at Mizzou. Frank Haith is a head coach who exhibits cooperation and support of all compliance efforts with his program, and we are pleased to move forward as a team."
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