Other coaches probably thrilled they went on the record for Haith
As Matt Sebek noted yesterday, Mizzou’s coach who has yet to coach a game at Mizzou (that’s his official title in our book) Frank Haith is steadily creeping towards villain status before he’s ever taken to the sidelines for the Tigers.
The recent accusations of his involvement in the payment of Miami recruits as reported by Yahoo! has not only thrown his reputation into question, but it also has the potential to toss some other well-known coaches under the bus as well. Those are the notable names that Mizzou secured glowing quotes from regarding Haith when he was hired.
Granted, given their respective status’ in the sport, they won’t stay under that bus for long, but it’s still fun to point out the potential burn their on-the-record comments will result in should Haith go down…
“I have known Frank Haith for a long time, and I truly believe he is one of the best coaches in the business. Missouri just made a great hire. Most important, Frank will be a great representative for The University of Missouri. He is a quality person, and the Missouri fans are truly going to love his wife, Pam, their son, Corey, and their daughter, Brianna. Frank is a great husband and father and will run the Missouri Basketball program with integrity and character.” - Rick Barnes, University of Texas
“Frank is as good of a competitor and person as I’ve coached against in my 31 seasons in the ACC. He’s a great friend who did a fantastic job as the head coach at Miami. Missouri is lucky to have Frank represent the university. I am extremely happy for Frank and know that he will do a terrific job there.” - Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
“Frank Haith is a really good young coach that knows the Big 12 and really understands the game. He is of high character, and does things the right way. Missouri hired a good man, and a good coach in Frank. I’ve been an admirer of his for a long time.” -Jay Bilas, ESPN Basketball Analyst
“Frank Haith exudes class. He is a great hire for Missouri Basketball because he is the perfect combination of outstanding role model for young student-athletes and excellent basketball coach. I am sure that he is going to pick up where Mike Anderson left off in building Missouri back into one of the top basketball programs in college basketball.” - Fran Fraschilla, ESPN Basketball Analyst
Exudes class. A great rep for the University. High character. Runs his program with intergrity. Hey, when you make your living in an inherently slimy business, being “classy” takes on a whole new meaning.