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April 04, 2011




Old Skool

Dang Second by a minute


LOL, that made me think when was the last time that we won 10 games????? That would be the 2003 season which ended with a win over FSU in the Orange Bowl for an 11 win season. Long time ago, huh?

Posted by: CGNC | April 04, 2011 at 11:47 AM

WOW! I had not thought about that. Eight years a go? No wonder the pain is so severe between my ears.


Is the Herald or Sentinel reporting this yet on haith?






Dave Hyde on Haith:

It's not the easiest of jobs at Miami. But it's a lot easier than when Leonard Hamilton took it to three straight NCAA tournaments. Back then, the question wasn't just community apathy. It was the lack of an on-campus arena. Well, the on-campus arena came and, suddenly, the unsolvable problem was apathy. Uh-huh.

When three South Florida kids are in the Final Four, when the state of Florida has more players in the Sweet 16 than any other state, it says there's talent in the recruiting pool. So why wasn't Miami getting any of that?

Haith won less in his field than Randy Shannon did in his field. This isn't to defend Shannon. It's just to show how far below the radar Haith worked. On the one hand, he complained about the lack of attention. On the other, he was that lack of attention's biggest benefactor.

Haith? Nice guy. OK coach. The bottom-line is he did himself and Miami a favor by taking the Missouri job.


If he would have stayed another year then he would have been a lame duck. Expectations are very high in basketball but I don't know why. It's not like we have ever been relevant in the Big East and now in the ACC it is still the same story.

Part of the problem is going after the John Walls in the country instead of trying to find a solid point guard and then coach him up. Whoever the coach is he needs to recruit talent and I don't know about basketball talent in Florida but I know it is here in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. My high school alone puts out at least one D-1 talent every year. Every year we make it to the playoffs but I have never seen any recruiters come to my area from Miami.


86 - yeah the next year we went 9-3 and beat the Gators in the Peach Bowl so we were 10-3, so I guess technically we could say 2004 was the last 10 game win season. In 2005 we went 9-3 and got our you-know-what's handed to us by LSU in the Peach Bowl


Since Haith chose to leave does Mizzou pick up the rest of his contract here?


So what's next? any ideas or suggestions as to who the next coach should be?


Haith is outtathere, and I am OK with that. 8-)

Missou, huh?

They are so lucky! LOL!

Lou of M

He will lose his contract...


What do you think about UM going after one of the Heat assistants?


Thanks Lou that is what I thought


There is NO reason why Miami can't be relevant in men's baseketball.

Just because we haven't done it does NOT mean it can't be done.

Just ask Howard Schnellenberger...


So what's next? any ideas or suggestions as to who the next coach should be?

Posted by: Oby-1 | April 04, 2011 at 01:15 PM

I vote for Sebastian57 or VACane.

Speaking of which, where is VACane?


Potential coaches:



"So what's next? any ideas or suggestions as to who the next head coach should be?"
Posted by: Oby-1

Oby-1, name this tune:
"I feel for U,
I think I Love U":



Top 25 College Basketball Assistant Coaches:

1. Joe Dooley - Kansas
Since his arrival at KU, Dooley has helped guide the JayHawks to an NCAA national title, three NCAA Elite Eight appearances, four NCAA Sweet 16s, five Big 12 regular-season conference titles and three Big 12 tournament championships. During his tenure at Kansas, seven Jayhawks have been drafted in the NBA, including a record-tying five in the 2008 draft. Dooley also served as head coach at East Carolina from 1995-99.

2. Larry Shaytt - Florida
Shaytt, currently associate head coach, played an integral role in the Gator’s capturing of back-to-back NCAA national titles during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Florida has also claimed an SEC regular season conference title and two SEC tournament championships during his time on staff. Shyatt spent 6 seasons as head coach at Wyoming and Clemson before arriving in Gainesville.

3(a). Bernie Fine - Syracuse
Entering his 33rd season at his Alma mater, Fine is considered one of the most loyal assistants in the game today. A prolific recruiter and developer of talent, dozens of Syracuse players, particularly big-men, coached by Fine have gone on to play in the NBA. Working hand in hand with Jim Boheim, Fine has helped guide the Orange to 26 NCAA tournaments, including three Final Fours and the 2003 NCAA national title.

3(b). Mike Hopkins – Syracuse
With 16th seasons on staff at Syracuse, the former Orangeman has seen the team participate in 16 straight postseason tournaments, including 12 NCAA bids and 4 NIT. Hopkins is credited for the development of Orange guards: Jonny Flynn, Allen Griffin, Gerry McNamara, Demetris Nichols and Josh Pace.

4. Steve Robinson - North Carolina
Robinson works directly with the Tar Heel perimeter players, helping mentor Cousy Award-winning point guards Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson. During his tenure, he has seen the Tarheels win two NCAA National Championship titles and six combined ACC regular season and tournament championships. Prior to arriving at UNC, Robinson was head coach at the University of Tulsa and at Florida State University where he led both teams to the NCAA Tournament.

5(a). Mark Montgomery- Michigan State
In his ten seasons with the Spartans, the program has appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the Elite Eight in 2003. Before returning to Michigan he was influential in turning around the program at Central Michigan where they became the first team in MAC history to go from last place to first place in just one season.

5(b). Dwayne Stephens - Michigan State
Dwayne Stephens is responsible for putting together some of the top recruiting classes of Coach Izzo’s career. Under his tutelage are the Spartan post players that included three time All Big Ten honoree and All American center, Paul Davis and second team All Big Ten honoree Guron Suton. A Michigan native, he returned to the Spartans after four years at Marquette under Tom Crean where MSU had back to back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003, and advancing to the Final Four in 2003.

6. George Blaney – Connecticut
Entering his 10th season on staff at UConn, Blaney has helped guide the Huskies to two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and the 2004 National Championship. Before Uconn, Blaney spent 22 years as the Head Coach of his Alma mater, Holy Cross, leading the Crusaders to three NCAA tournament berths and five invitations to the NIT. He also spent three seasons as head coach at Seton Hall and Dartmouth.

7(a). Steve Wojciechowski - Duke
Blue Devil standout turned coach; Wojciechowski has posted an incredible 291-60 record and won seven ACC Tournament championships as well as 2 NCAA Championships since arriving in Durham. Working with Duke’s paint players, he has been instrumental in the development of key players such as Shelden Williams, Josh McRoberts and Kyle Singler.

7(b). Chris Collins - Duke
Collins’ ten-year resume at Duke includes an overall record of 262-55, six ACC Tournament championships, three ACC regular season titles, five in-season tournament titles and most importantly, the national championship in 2001 and 2010. The guards under his tutelage receive First Team ACC and All American recognition, those included JJ Redick, Demarcus Nelson, Greg Paulus and Jon Scheyer.

8. Billy Hahn - West Virginia
This coaching veteran has coached a total of 20 NBA players during his career and has been to the NCAA Tournament 11 times in his career. He has seen WVU make its first trip to the Final Four in 2010. Hahn spent most of his career at the University of Maryland and saw the Terps go to the NCAA tournament a school-record eight straight years, including the 2001 Final Four.

9. Mike Dunlap – St. Johns
The former Associate Head Coach for two Pac-10 schools, Arizona and most recently Oregon, Dunlap is considered by many as one of the greatest coaching minds in the game today. Dunlap also spent 2 years as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets and guided Division II Metropolitan State College to two NCAA Division II national championships.

10. Greg Gard – Wisconsin
Gard has spent 17 seasons alongside Bo Ryan, including the past 9 at Wisconsin. Gard has helped guide the Badgers to three Big Ten regular season titles and two Big Ten tournament championships. Wisconsin has also made the NCAA tournament in each of Gard’s nine seasons, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2003 and 2007 as well as the Elite Eight in 2005.


11. Jeff Battle - Wake Forest
The Philadelphia native is undoubtedly important to the program’s success in the past nine seasons as the Deacons ascended to the No. 1 national ranking in 2005 and again in 2009, won a school-record 27 games in 2005, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2004 and won the 2003 ACC regular season title. Wake Forest has averaged more than 20 wins per season and has made six NCAA Tournament appearances during Battle's tenure. Battle is also accredited for the development of All American point guard and NBA All-Star Chris Paul.

12. Kurtis Townsend - Kansas
Townsend has been a part of the KU program which has won a national championship, reached two NCAA Tournament Elite Eights, three NCAA Sweet 16s, five Big 12 regular-season titles and three conference tournament crowns. Townsend played a major role in recruiting KU's NBA draftees Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur and Sherron Collins.

13(a). Russell Springmann – Texas
In his first seven years as a full-time assistant at Texas, Springmann has helped the Longhorns make five NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, including a trip to the Final Four in 2003 and the Elite Eight in both 2006 and 2008. During this stretch, the Longhorns have signed six McDonald's All-Americans including LaMarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson and Kevin Durant. During his tenure in Austin, the Longhorns have made school-record 10 consecutive trips to the NCAA.

13(b). Rodney Terry – Texas
Terry enters his eight season on staff at Texas. Terry has helped the Longhorns post a 181-60 record while making seven NCAA Tournament appearances. During Terry’s time on staff, Texas has been the only school in the country that can claim two National Player of the Year winners in the last six years, as well as producing four Top 10 picks (T.J. Ford, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin) over the same period.

14. Stan Jones - Florida State
Stan Jones is a veteran coach in his eighth season as the Associate Head Coach at Florida State. With Jones on the Florida State bench the Seminoles have played in back to back NCAA Tournaments, the ACC Championship game, won at least 19 games in five of his seven seasons and have won more conference games in the last four seasons than any four-year period since 1991-92. In his seven years at Florida State, Jones has brought in 15 National Top 100 recruits to Florida State and five players who were selected in the NBA Draft.

15. Patrick Sandle – Pittsburgh
During the last seven seasons, Sandle has helped guide the Pittsburgh basketball program to its most successful run in to school history. Pitt has gone to seven straight NCAA tournaments, including two Sweet Sixteen’s and an Elite Eight apperance in 2009. During that time, the Panthers have captured a Big East regular season and tournament championship, as well as reaching the schools first ever No. 1 national ranking and amassing a 188-54 record in the process.

16. Orlando Antigua - Kentucky
Antigua has followed Calipari to Kentucky after joining the most successful four-year run in basketball history at Memphis. He helped coach the Memphis Tigers to a spot in the 2009 NCAA Sweet 16. Prior to Memphis, Antigua worked at his Alma mater, Pittsburgh where he helped lead the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in all five years on staff, including the 2004 and 2007 Sweet Sixteen.

17. Paul Lusk- Purdue
During his tenure at Purdue, Lusk has helped preside over one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the program. The Boilermakers have made four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons, and won both a regular-season Big Ten championship and a Big Ten Tournament title.

18(a). Steve Forbes - Tennessee
Known for his lasting relationships and trustworthy character, Steve Forbes has made a huge impact on Vols recruiting. Forbes has helped the Vols win an average of 26 games per year and advance to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments--making three Sweet Sixteen appearances and advancing to the program's first-ever Elite Eight in 2010.

18(b). Tony Jones - Tennessee
Over the last few years, Jones has made a name for himself by bringing in some Tennessee’s top recruits, including: First Team All SEC performer Wayne Chism and McDonald’s All Americans Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris. He has seen the Vols win three SEC Eastern Division championships, win a school record 31 games and earn the first No. 1 ranking in school history.

19. Scott Duncan - UCLA
Duncan brings over 30 years of assistant coaching experience to Westwood and helped the Bruins to a Final Four appearance in his first year as associate head coach in 2007-08. He has also helped lead the staff at UCLA to back to back top five nationally ranked recruiting classes. Duncan arrived in Westwood after seven seasons at the University of Oregon where he helped lead the Oregon Ducks to the Elite Eight and the Pac-10 Tournament Championship.

20. Robert Kirby – Georgetown
A recent addition to the Hoyas staff, Kirby comes by way of an 11 year stint at Mississippi State, where he helped the Bulldogs average well over 20 wins a season during his tenure in Starkville. During that time, MSU captured two regular season SEC conference championships, an SEC tournament championship and four SEC West Division titles. The Bulldogs also made six NCAA tournament and four NITs over the same period.

21. Dedrique Taylor - Arizona State
Taylor has been a key part of the building process that saw ASU become the most improved team in the nation in 2008 and make the NCAA Tournament in the 2009-10 season. Before arriving in Tempe, Taylor coached at Nevada for two seasons, leading the Wolfpack to a Western Athletic Conference championship.

22. Dalonte Hill - Kansas State
Hill has played a significant role in helping revitalize the Wildcat program, most notably with the recruitment of standout guard Mike Beasely, the number 2 pick in the 2008 NBA draft. With his help, K-State has 66 wins the past three seasons and has advanced to the postseason in three straight seasons including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2010. Hill also spent three seasons as an assistant at his Alma mater, Charlotte, where he helped guide the 49ers to a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament.

23. Ron Jirsa - Minnesota
This 50 year old is in his third season at Minnesota and his fourth stint with Head Coach Tubby Smith. In his six combined seasons as an assistant at Tulsa and Georgia, Jirsa helped four consecutive teams win at least 21 games and reach the NCAA Tournament each season. Jirsa has coached in 28 postseason games overall, 16 of those in the NCAA Tournament, and has appeared in postseason play for 14 years.

24. Steve Massiello – Louisville
Considered by his peers as one of the best recruiters in the game today, Massiello is entering his 6th season on Rick Pitinos staff. Massiello played an integral role in Louisville landing several top 10 recruting classes during his time on staff, as well as reaching back to back Elite Eights in 2008 and 09.

25. Ron Bradley – Depual
Entering his eight season on staff with Oliver Purnell, Bradley helped coach Clemson to three straight NCAA tournament appearances and four NITs. Bradley served as a head coach for 16 years, five at Eastern Nazarene and 11 at Radford, leading the Highlanders to the first NCAA tournament appearance ever.

orange 'n green in the vein

I'm just going to throw it out there:

Rick Barry.

Woj would be interesting too as a shot in the dark replacement in the same mold coming in as a guy who just left, except he was awesome back when I was in high school as a player and Haith wasn't.


"2. Larry Shaytt - Florida
Shaytt, currently associate head coach, played an integral role in the Gator’s capturing of back-to-back NCAA national titles during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Florida has also claimed an SEC regular season conference title and two SEC tournament championships during his time on staff. Shyatt spent 6 seasons as head coach at Wyoming and Clemson before arriving in Gainesville."

Two problems with this guy.

First, funny that he is number two AND his last name sounds like number 2.

Second, Gator taint is too strong on this one.

My choice would be this guy:

7(a). Steve Wojciechowski - Duke
"Blue Devil standout turned coach; Wojciechowski has posted an incredible 291-60 record and won seven ACC Tournament championships as well as 2 NCAA Championships since arriving in Durham. Working with Duke’s paint players, he has been instrumental in the development of key players such as Shelden Williams, Josh McRoberts and Kyle Singler."

Reduce Duke's coaching staff, and with a last name like that, he has GOT to be good.


OGV- he was a candidate when Haith was hired. I don't know, i like Rick, and used to listen to his show on KNBR out of SF all the time (he's in Denver now doing something for SIRIUS XM I think). He sounds good whenever he's talking about the game, but he has been passed over by every program and NBA team for years. I don't know if it's his ego or something else, but I have a hard time thinking everyone has been wrong about him as a coach.


Someone asked what would `Cane fans think if Haith went to Mizzou and won there

Speaking just for myself, I would be very happy for him

Ive heard from alot of people on what a great recruiter Haith is. Well that statement is false

A great recruiter goes out and gets the best players that fits his system

Haith went out and brought in talented players that didnt fit his system, which is a total waste of time

From those that ive asked about asst. coaches ready for the next level #16 on that list seems to come up quite a bit

Haith is a stubborn coach!!!!

conch salad


So pumped that Haith is gone! This feels like Xmas.


So, where are all the Haith loyalists/apologists now?


ever so slowly



"men's basketball banquet, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled"

Maybe the team will head over to Hooters to celebrate

Old Skool

Here's the most well mannered comment on Haith I've seen on the Mizzou boards.

To Whom It May Concern:
I am a student at the University of Missouri, and I am extremely concerned about the hiring of Miami Hurricanes head coach Frank Haith. I would like to implore you to decline to approve his hiring tonight. In Haith's best season, his team posted a .500 record in-conference. Someone whose best season included winning only half of their in-conference games simply is not an adequate replacement for Mike Anderson,


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Reduce Duke's coaching staff, and with a last name like that, he has GOT to be good.

Posted by: Ungar | April 04, 2011 at 03:35 PM

YUP! So far we have votes for #7 and #16 on the list. Any others?

Old Skool

Good stuff. Solar. Your writing's more sophisticated than the program allows for. With proper timing and inflection, it'd be even funnier.


thanks skool,
btw I got the inside scoop on where and how to catch dozens of BIG bait minnows for bass, stripers and walleyes from a local guy and fellow kayaker up here.
Next time you come over we will go retrieve a bunch of "horny head minners" as he referred to them. We can troll them around while we chunk artificials.


new Missouri coach Frank Haith: $1.5 million guaranteed for five years, plus $100,000 in deferred annual compensation...

and what do you guys make for actually doing your job well?


Mizzou signing Frank Haith .... this is all I have to say to you Mizzou




Mike James is a well spoken young man.



Chris Collins from Duke (ACC) would be a good choice. But can he recruit Florida???



"Its like going from a Mercedes to a Prius"



University of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith resigned Monday after seven years to become the head coach at the University of Missouri.

By Monday night, when an executive search firm already was in the process of gathering candidates to replace Haith, the Hurricanes’ outgoing coach was scheduled to fly to Missouri on a private jet for the official announcement Tuesday morning. He was to return to Miami by Tuesday afternoon.

Haith was approved by the Missouri Board of Curators on Monday night. Missouri approved an employment package of $1.5 million guaranteed for five years, plus $100,000 in deferred annual compensation, with a one-year automatic extension that would begin May 1, 2012.

The hire was not universally popular. “Tim Hyder, a Missouri alumnus from Kansas City, described the selection of Haith — in contrast to Missouri’s ill-fated courtship of Purdue coach Matt Painter last week – was like ‘going from a Mercedes to a Prius,’ ’’ The Kansas City Star reported.

Haith was already emotionally spent by Monday afternoon.

“Can’t comment yet — tough day,’’ Haith told The Miami Herald on Monday after meeting with his players from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dressed in all black, Haith emerged from a passionate player meeting red-eyed and somber. His players were shocked, upset and sad.

“It’s really hard,’’ said junior center Julian Gamble, who led a team gathering after Haith left the room. Gamble urged his teammates to stick together and hang on to their goals for next season. “It’s like losing a family member. …I’m still in shock. I found out late last night. We couldn’t believe it. None of us saw it coming.’’

Added junior guard Malcolm Grant: “It’s really tough because he’s the reason I came here. When Coach Haith walked out that door just now, it hit me. He’s not our coach anymore. That’s really hard to accept.’’

Haith, 46, had two years left on his contract with Miami, which finished 21-15 this past season and competed in the NIT, losing to Alabama in a quarterfinal. Haith was 129-101 with the Canes, including a 43-69 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/05/2150325/frank-haith-resigns-as-um-basketball.html#ixzz1Idiq16sf

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Frank Haith resigns as UM basketball coach



Call this one an amicable parting, no divorce lawyers needed. No firing, no buyout, no acrimony. I don’t blame Frank Haith for leaving the University of Miami, and I don’t blame Hurricanes basketball fans for feeling good that change is sweeping in.

Haith didn’t win enough here to be missed, or lose enough to be vilified. He did OK by a program that wants better than that. He neither threw UM men’s basketball into reverse nor found a higher gear forward, but rather leaves it in neutral, idling.

It’s tough to immediately applaud a coaching change when the “who’s next?” half of the equation remains a blank to be filled in, and it would be wrong to shout good riddance to a good man who only the harshest critics would say failed outright.

But sometimes change for the sake of change is good, and this feels like that.

Haith resigned after seven seasons to become Missouri’s coach, but the parting is mutual. It’s why UM offered a quick handshake and a fare-thee-well rather than sweeten his deal to encourage his staying or enforce his contract punitively.

Miami loses a good man of integrity and a solid recruiter, but also a guy who never quite solved the ACC and who, bottom line, reached the NCAA Tournament (second round, 2008) only once in seven years.

It was time, that’s all, and so the turbulence continues at the very top of Hurricane athletics, with the recent football coaching change, the ongoing search for an athletic director and now a vacancy at the forefront of basketball.

The sudden, mostly unexpected departure shook UM on Monday just as the sport nationally prepared to wrap its season in Houston with the NCAA Tournament’s UConn-Butler title game.

And well-timed is that game, for it offers Miami a reminder to be open-minded about the type of coach it hires, with the championship game matching a veteran in the Huskies’ Jim Calhoun, 68, against a wunderkind in Butler’s Brad Stevens, 34.

The ideal would be for Miami to hire a bright, young up-and-comer in the mold of Stevens (or VCU’s Shaka Smart, 33), somebody to not only win but excite and grow a hesitant fan base, something Haith did not do. Identifying the next great coach is the crapshoot, of course, and UM has neither the program pedigree, the fan base nor the money to lure an already established coach from a bigger, better program.

That’s why Miami should not rule out an older coach such as FAU’s Mike Jarvis, 65, who has turned around that program in three years. He just fashioned the school’s best season in 19 years as a Division I program, winning the Sun Belt regular-season title and getting into the NIT (where the Owls lost to UM, coincidentally).

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/05/2150550/frank-haiths-departure-from-um.html#ixzz1Idk4i2Me



Frank Haith told University of Miami officials and his players Monday that he was resigning after seven seasons to become Missouri's coach.

The sudden departure came less than 24 hours after Miami acting athletic director Tony Hernandez says Missouri AD Mike Alden called him to inform him he would be speaking with Haith about the opening.

Haith and Alden met in Houston, where both were for the men's Final Four.

"When I got the call, I was taken a little off-guard. It developed very quickly. They offered the job and he accepted," Hernandez said. "I was surprised -- a little shocked, to be honest."

Miami officials moved equally quickly Monday to begin their search for a new men's basketball coach. The search will be coordinated by Hernandez, who was promoted from deputy AD after former AD Kirby Hocutt left for Texas Tech in late February, but the hire will be made by UM president Donna Shalala and UM's Board of Trustees.

"It's not Tony Hernandez making this hire," Hernandez noted. "I will be extremely involved and will lead that process, but it'll be a hire made by the University of Miami."

UM has hired Parker Executive Search -- a firm based in Atlanta, Ga. commonly used in the hiring of college basketball coaches -- as a consultant.

Missouri officially announced Haith's hiring Monday night. The deal is for six years and $9.6 million.

Multiple media outlets reported Sunday night that Haith had accepted the Tigers' job in principle, and almost immediately Kansas State coach Frank Martin, a Miami native who coached high school basketball here, was mentioned as a possible candidate.

Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart, based on his team's surprising run to the Final Four, as well as Alabama coach Anthony Grant, a Miami native, and recently fired Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl also drew speculation.

"We're not trying to make a splash, we're trying to hire the best coach possible," Hernandez said. "If the best coach possible happens to make a splash with the community, wonderful. …But we want a long-term coach that's going to be here for a long time, be successful and win a lot of games."

Hernandez said he initially had eight names on his list of candidates, and that number grew to 20 by noon Monday. Ideally, he noted, Haith's successor "has a very proven, successful track record as a college basketball coach." Haith had no head coaching experience when he took over at Miami.

In regard to candidates who might have come with baggage, Hernandez said, "At this point, we're considering everybody. We're going to take it on a case-by-case basis. But I assure you that integrity and ethics will be a high priority in the search."

Hernandez said UM plans to make a hire as quickly as possible, independent of its standing regarding its search for a permanent AD, and "my goal would be for it not to last a month, but we're not going to give a definite timeline."

Asked if money would be an issue in the hiring, Hernandez said, "Our goal is to find the best coach possible and we have to weigh that upon what's available and what we're willing to pay, but there's a strong commitment from the University of Miami to our men's basketball program…."



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Go Canes!!!



Despite making only one NCAA Tournament appearance in seven seasons, coach Frank Haith received public promises from University of Miami officials that he would be retained for next season.

Instead, it's Haith who decided not to return, resigning Monday to become coach at Missouri.

Miami's interim athletic director, Tony Hernandez, was notified Sunday by Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden that the Tigers planned to offer Haith the job.

"When I got the call, I was taken a little off guard," Hernandez said. "I was surprised. A little shocked, to be honest."

Hernandez wasn't the only one. Some Missouri fans are unhappy that Haith was tabbed to succeed Mike Anderson, who resigned to become coach at Arkansas.

An e-mail sent to The Kansas City Star and other media outlets said that a group of Missouri students was planning an on-campus protest Monday night as "a peaceful but adamant rejection of Frank Haith."

Haith, 45, met with Missouri officials during the Final Four in Houston then flew back to Miami on Monday to meet with his players.

He has ties to the Big 12, having previously been an assistant at Texas and Texas A&M.

Haith could not be reached for comment Monday.

"I kept saying, 'Wow,' " junior guard Malcolm Grant told Canesport.com after the meeting with Haith. "Seeing him walk out that door a minute ago ... It's just tough. I came here because of him."

Hernandez said that a search to find Haith's replacement has already begun and that an Atlanta-based headhunter firm has been hired to aid in the process.

"I don't know exactly what we're looking for other than a great coach," Hernandez said. "Ideally, we're going to hire somebody with a very proven track record."



“It’s really hard,’’ said junior center Julian Gamble, who led a team gathering after Haith left the room. Gamble urged his teammates to stick together and hang on to their goals for next season. “It’s like losing a family member. …I’m still in shock. I found out late last night. We couldn’t believe it. None of us saw it coming.’’

Added junior guard Malcolm Grant: “It’s really tough because he’s the reason I came here. When Coach Haith walked out that door just now, it hit me. He’s not our coach anymore. That’s really hard to accept.’’


I would suggest that they get some of the football players to visit the basketball team.
1. Let them know that it will be alright.
2. Let them know that they are not alone.
3. Let them know that the folks searching for a new coach are good at what they are doing, and will get them someone better than Haith.

I mean, it has to be rough to lose a coach, but it needed to be done, and better that it is done the Butch Davis way than the Randy Shannon way.

I still feel bad for Missouri fans though. I don't know what they did wrong to deserve such punishment.


I bet Iowa St fans made the same comments when Gene Chizik departed for Auburn.


Perhaps. But for every Chizik that was out there, there are fifty retreads that leave the fans scratching their heads as to why they are still coaching.

To use a local example, remember Chicago Bears fans' reaction when Dave Wannstadt was put in charge of the Dolphins? They weren't wrong.

Not trying to stir anything up, just saying Chizik is the exception to the rule. Chizik, Bill Belichek, and a couple of others break the mold, but most in the mold are just that, mold.

If we are wrong about Haith, hooray for him. But odds are not in his favor.


The basketball coach quit and there are so few comments from the fans.

Probably because the fans don't care about basketball.

Perhaps this is why the basketball coach quit.


Thanks, native. Once again you have saved me 15 minutes of searching through articles!


Nice article about B Harris and his home in Liberty City - http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AjewcWR5dtMN6VCAcyV_ROlDubYF?slug=jc-cole_harris_sees_hope_for_liberty_city

Old Skool

Talk about falling upward.

Haith's deal is for six years and $9.6 million.

This is a middle of the road coach, not bad, not great, but meh.

So in the baseketball head coaching marketplace 'meh' is worth $1.1 million a year. 'Sucks' is probably good for $800,000. And really awful, borderline incompetent should pull $500,000.


You are welcome j.w.

Go Canes!!!

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