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Missouri Hires Frank Haith


There are various reports that after being turned down by Purdue coach Matt Painter, Missouri has turned to Frank Haith, a former Rick Barnes assistant here at UT who has been the head coach at Miami for 7 years.

Reaction to the proposed hiring has been decidedly underwhelming -- ranging from "huh?" from the St. Louis media to outright ridicule.

The Missouri fans seems to be expressing a collective "meh" over the hiring. Haith has a Big 12 background, having spent 4 years as an assistant coach at Texas A&M as well as 4 years on Barnes' staff at Texas.

Frank Haith was 129-101 in seven years at Miami, but was only 43-69 in the ACC, and made the NCAA Tournament just one time.

The proposed hiring will not be finalized until the University of Missouri Board of Curators votes on it tonight, and at least one member has expressed real apprehension over the matter. Board member David Wasinger has said that "The board is going to have a lot of questions."

Wasinger also suggested that Missouri alumni should express their feelings about Haith to board members before tonight's meeting.