MIAMI (CBSMiami) – University of Missouri head basketball coach Frank Haith has opened up a new front against the NCAA’s case surrounding allegations made by convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro against the University of Miami.
According to CBSSports.com, Haith filed a court petition to find out how detailed bank records of his were accessed during the NCAA’s investigation of Shapiro’s allegations. Haith’s legal team wants to know if the records were improperly, or illegally, obtained.
According to CBSSports.com, some of Haith’s bank statements were voluntarily turned over to the NCAA, but that other information “could have been obtained improperly by accessing the actual microfiche reproductions of the checks.” The microfiche wasn’t turned over to the NCAA.
CBSSports reported the petition states, “… Bank of America may have permitted or allowed an unknown person or persons to gain access to, or to acquire, non-public information into [Haith's] Checking Account without authorization…”
The petition alleges Bank of America has failed “to conduct a thorough investigation into the breach and provide [Haith] with specific information to identify the person who gained access to [the checking account] without authorization …” The petition also states Bank of America’s “unwillingness to share information is an attempt to conceal the illicit act.”
Haith’s lawyers figured out the possible improprieties after it sought microfiche copies of the checks at the request of the NCAA. CBSSports.com reported Haith’s lawyers were told the microfiche copies had been ‘viewed or ordered’ by another party.
Haith, along with other assistant coaches, were named in the NCAA’s investigation of Shapiro’s allegation. Specifically, the NCAA alleged that Haith failed to tell his bosses when Shapiro threatened to reveal Haith gave money to a recruit.
The NCAA’s investigation into the University of Miami has been the focus of a litany of criticism. The NCAA itself has had to launch multiple reviews of the investigation before the investigation was even completed.
The NCAA has also admitted to major problems with the investigators looking into the case and threw out a chunk of evidence it obtained during the investigation.
The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions is set to hear the case against the University of Miami and its former coaches in mid-June. The COI has the option of dismissing the case, accepting the school’s self-imposed punishment, or increasing the punishment against the school.