April 12, 2011
Missouri coach Frank Haith has been on the job for about eight days and he's already committed a secondary NCAA violation.
Haith told the Kansas City Star that recruit Otto Porter had opted to go to Georgetown instead of Missouri. According to NCAA bylaw 13.10.2, no member institution can comment on the recruitment of a student athlete.
"Did speak (to Porter) by phone and the process was all but over," Haith told the newspaper via text. "(He) just needed to see Georgetown, which they visited this weekend."
Haith publicly acknowledged that Missouri was recruiting Porter, a 4-star forward from Sikeston, Mo., but that he was not signing with Mizzou and instead going to Georgetown. Both of which are violations by the NCAA.
Here's the entirety of the NCAA bylaw:
13.10.2 Comments Before Signing. Before the signing of a prospective student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent or an institution's written offer of admission and/or financial aid, a member institution may comment publicly only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective student-athlete. The institution may not comment generally about the prospective student-athlete's ability or the contribution that the prospective student-athlete might make to the institution's team; further, the institution is precluded from commenting in any manner as to the likelihood of the prospective student-athlete's signing with that institution. Violations of this bylaw do not affect a prospective student-athlete's eligibility and are considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1. (Revised: 1/14/97)
Likely this will be self-reported by Missouri and result in nothing more than a slap on the wrist, but it's a horrible start for Haith, who didn't have many fans to begin with. Top off the violation with losing the state's top player after he was considering Missouri and Haith is going to have a lot of ground to make up to endear himself with the Missouri fanbase.
Keeping quiet -- at least publicly -- about recruiting is a basic rule that all Division I coaches know. Whether Haith meant for his texted comments to be made public or whether he was tipping the reporter off, we might never know. But the comments were made public and now they've put the Missouri program and its new coach on the NCAA radar.