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If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:23 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 8:58 am
 
By Gary Parrish

Frank Haith looks bad but he's probably going to be OK.

Because even if he did what former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he did -- i.e., ran a program that bought a recruit for $10,000 -- Haith was wise enough to have the deal done with cash, and he was also wise enough, according to the report, to never put his hands on the cash. That was, according to Shapiro, former Miami assistant Jake Morton's job. So Haith isn't alleged to have ever dealt with the payment, and the payment was allegedly made with cash, which means Haith's reputation is damaged but he's most likely just caught in a he-said/he-said situation.

Want to know what Haith will say?

I'd bet the $10,000 that allegedly went to somebody connected to DeQuan Jones that the first-year Missouri coach will acknowledge, in time, that he might've made poor decisions by dealing so closely with Shapiro, but that he never had knowledge of any payment, cash or otherwise, to any recruit. Haith will then add that he doesn't actually believe it happened and that folks should be careful about taking the word of an admitted criminal, and then he'll reiterate that even if it did happen, well, he's neither the one who asked Shapiro for cash nor the one who took cash from Shapiro.

Then it'll be up to the NCAA to prove otherwise.

Good luck.

Unless Shapiro has Haith on tape admitting knowledge of the alleged deal, or unless Haith was dumb enough to leave a paper trail that remains undiscovered, or unless a former player or assistant has proof that Haith was aware of the alleged deal, the main charge against Haith -- that he was aware of a $10,000 payment made to somebody connected to Jones -- will come down to Haith's word against other people's words, and that's why it would be wise to review the NCAA's case against Southern California and former Trojans coach Tim Floyd.

A person once said Floyd paid an associate of O.J. Mayo.

Floyd said it never happened.

And because the alleged payment was made in cash, well, that was the end of that story.

The NCAA never charged Floyd with a major violation.

He's now coaching at UTEP.

So does Haith look bad?

Yes, absolutely.

And is Shapiro telling the truth?

Man, it sure seems like it.

But there's no NCAA rule that forbids a coach from talking and texting with a booster, and there's not even an NCAA rule that says a coach can't go to a strip club with a booster, which is something else Shapiro claims Haith did. Again, those things look bad -- but they're unlikely to get Haith in trouble with the NCAA or fired from Missouri because the NCAA can't regulate personal behavior, and because Missouri probably won't try to fire a coach for going to a strip club years ago. That leaves us with the alleged $10,000 payment to somebody connected to Jones, which is obviously a violation. But as long as Haith explains that he doesn't believe it happened and that even if it did he had no knowledge of it, he'll almost certainly be OK unless somebody who can prove otherwise flips on him. That's the advantage of dealing with straight cash homey. After all these years, it's still the boldest and safest way to go.
Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:07 pm
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

are you serious?!?!
tell me, then, who has done a better job than norm?
no one has done as much for the mizzou program as he did and, from the look of things, there might not be anyone who will in the future either...at least not the near future!!!
and norm is a great guy in person! where did you see him? ask anyone in columbia, he is the most approachable guy...unless you are a jayhawk fan....which maybe you are in disguise?!? 



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:07 am
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

CBS needs to give Parrish a raise. All I read this time of year is college football news--written by Dennis Dodd. It is refreshing to read a semi-relevant Parrish piece again. The humor sometimes misses, but at least you know what hes writing about before the fourth paragraph.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:35 am
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

Somewhere out there, Norm Stewart is shaking his head asking himself, "What have they done to my program?"
Too bad Mizzou wasn't asking Norm what the heck he was doing with the program himself all those years.  Hanging a few Big 8 Champ banners is nowhere near as good as hanging some NCAA banners.  And I am a Mizzou fan.  Norm spent all his energy into winning the Big 8 so he lasted a long time yes, but to me his legacy was never complete cause he couldn't get to the dance and make a mark there.  He's actually a jacka$$ in person too.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:05 pm
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

In our ever downward spiral it has become standard to believe that if you don't get caught, you've done nothing wrong.  How sad is that?  How pathetic is it that we, many of us, have made "prove it" once of our top team cheers.  Surprising that the Song Girls or the Auburn cheerleaders don't have a sing song version of that nifty little phrase in their routines already.  And the saddest of all of this sleaze justification is that many of us fans just do not care as long as we are fed and entertained along the way.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:31 pm
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

Somewhere out there, Norm Stewart is shaking his head asking himself, "What have they done to my program?"



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:21 pm
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

That was FlaCubFan's projection that someone might bring up Cal Laurenburg Prep dummy feeder Prep school scam, or not knowing of the Marcus Camby cash payouts, or the Derrick Rose SAT no-show scam that he didn't know about, or the ... leading to his return to the NBA in 5 years or less.

Damn, I'm pretty clarivoyant!

Well, not really. You will get pretty safe odds that someone is going to bring up Cheating Cal fairy tales on this blog when other schools are blatently flaunting the rules. It's good to have a strawman around to make everyone feel all good about what goes on at their schools.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:14 pm
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

 - didn't they teach you to read? FlaCubFan84 is a UK fan dummy! He was trying to add some irony in advance of someone trying to tie Frank Haith's cash payment to Cal cash payments at UMass and Memphis.  That was FlaCubFan's projection that someone might bring up Cal Laurenburg Prep dummy feeder Prep school scam, or not knowing of the Marcus Camby cash payouts, or the Derrick Rose SAT no-show scam that he didn't know about, or the ... leading to his return to the NBA in 5 years or less... 


And this, folks, is a sad attempt at comedy.




Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:03 pm
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

 - didn't they teach you to read? FlaCubFan84 is a UK fan dummy! He was trying to add some irony in advance of someone trying to tie Frank Haith's cash payment to Cal cash payments at UMass and Memphis.  That was FlaCubFan's projection that someone might bring up Cal Laurenburg Prep dummy feeder Prep school scam, or not knowing of the Marcus Camby cash payouts, or the Derrick Rose SAT no-show scam that he didn't know about, or the ... leading to his return to the NBA in 5 years or less... 



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:16 pm
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

It's sarcasm. 

Apparently he's the root of all that is evil in college athletics - according to those who post here. Therefore, he has to be behind this as well. He's probably responsible for the heat wave & stock market dip as well. 



Thanks for the explanation, and I see where you are coming from now.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:07 pm
 

If you're gonna cheat, cheat with cash

i guess the real point might be is you are gonna cheat maybe buy better players..lol..cause it's not like haith won alot...  


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