Allegations against Miami begin to surface

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 21 2013 11:32:24 AM EST
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One day after the University of Miami announced it had received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA following a nearly two-year investigation into numerous violations of sanctioning body rules, some of the specific allegations began to surface.

According to the Miami Herald and other outlets, former Miami assistant basketball coach Jake Morton, who has since become director of basketball operations at Western Kentucky University, has been accused by the NCAA of accepting more than $6,000 from imprisoned Miami booster Nevin Shapiro.

The Herald also reported that former UM basketball coach Frank Haith, now head coach at Missouri, "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the men’s basketball program."

Haith said Tuesday that he had received his Notice of Allegations, but that "contrary to what was reported, there was no unethical conduct in my notice of allegation. And it is just an allegation. So we get a chance to defend ourselves. The biggest thing I want to tell you is, I’m glad this thing is almost over with."

While it did acknowledge receiving the Notice of Allegations, it declined to release the specific charges despite a second request by the Herald and other media outlets, even though Shapiro told investigators that there had been "rampant alcohol and drug use," prostitution, bounty payments and the providing of expensive cars to players.

The Herald reported that former UM assistant coach Clint Hurtt, now at the University of Louisville, has received his copy of the Notice of Allegations against him, but the school has not granted a release of public records request. The Herald reported a source said Hurt will dispute some of the allegations.

In addition, another source told the Herald that former UM assistant football coach Aubrey Hill and assistant basketball coach Jorge Fernandez were both being accused by the NCAA of "unethical conduct." Fernandez declined comment when contacted by the Herald in a phone call.

Other media sources claimed Hurtt was also charged with violating "unethical conduct" provisions, including reportedly declining meals, lodging and transportation to recruits and current and former players in 2008 or 2009.

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, the NCAA Committee on Infractions will hold a hearing for the university and coaches named in the investigation June 14-16 in Indianapolis. A conference call is also expected to be held Friday to "address their (concerns of those named in the investigation) complaints about procedural concerns."

A spokesman for Miami's athletic department said he had no direct knowledge of the Notice of Allegations or other elements reportedly tied to the investigation.

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