Federal judge tosses Frank Haith petition over acquisition of bank records

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On Monday the attorney of Missouri head coach Frank Haith filed a petition in court to subpoena the Bank of America, alleging that the bank allowed for illegal access to his bank records during the NCAA’s investigation of possible rules violations at the University of Miami.

According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, the NCAA wanted to know if Haith issued checks to assistant coaches who in turn reimbursed rogue booster Nevin Shapiro for the $10,000 he allegedly paid former Miami basketball player DeQuan Jones.

Friday morning U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum denied the petition, stating that there is “no basis for holding a hearing exists” and ordered the matter closed.

Haith was head coach at Miami fron 2004 to 2011.

According to Monday’s report by Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com the issue brought up by Haith’s representation was in regards to the acquisition of microfiched copies of canceled checks. While Haith voluntarily handed over bank records, copies of the checks were not given to NCAA investigators.

Had the petition been granted Haith’s attorney would have then been able to subpoena Bank of America employees who had access to the information.

Friday’s ruling is just the latest turn in an investigation that has featured two self-imposed bowl bans (for the football program), Shapiro landing in federal prison for his operation of a Ponzi scheme and multiple mistakes by NCAA investigators.

Will that move this investigation closer to its end? Given how the process has progressed to this point, it may be a while before the NCAA comes to a final decision on Miami’s fate.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.

Boise State loses guard Harwell to torn ACL

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Expected to be one of the favorites in the Mountain West this season, Boise State’s perimeter ranks have shrunk by one player due to injury. Thursday it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that freshman guard Malek Harwell will redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Along with fellow freshman Paris Austin, Harwell is expected to be a key part of the Broncos’ future beyond the upcoming season.

Now, instead of competing with an experienced backcourt that includes four redshirt seniors, Harwell will work to get his knee back to full strength for the 2016-17 season.

Among the guards who will play significant minutes this season are Anthony Drmic, who took a medical redshirt last season, Montigo Alford, Mikey Thompson and grad transfer Lonnie Jackson (Boston College). Chandler Hutchison, who started in Boise State’s final 18 games of the 2014-15 season as a freshman, will also compete for playing time.