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.

POSTERIZED: Wyoming’s Josh Adams takes flight

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Not only is Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams the lone returning starter from a team that won the Mountain West tournament last season, but he’s also one of college basketball’s best dunkers. And if anyone may have forgotten about his jumping ability, Adams put it on display Saturday during the Cowboys’ win over Montana State.

After splitting two Montana State players at the top of the key Adams attacked the basket, dunking with two hands over a late-arriving help-side defender. If you’re going to rotate over, have to do it quicker than that.

Video credit: Wyoming Athletics

Defensive progress will determine No. 4 Iowa State’s ceiling

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Even with the coaching change from Fred Hoiberg to Steve Prohm, No. 4 Iowa State remains one of the nation’s best offensive teams. Given their skills on that end of the floor many teams find it tough to go score for score with the Cyclones, and that’s what happened to Illinois in Iowa State’s 84-73 win in the Emerald Coast Classic title game.

Georges Niang scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, with Monté Morris adding 20, nine rebounds and six assists and Abdel Nader 18 points as the Cyclones moved to 5-0 on the season. The three-pointers weren’t falling in the second half, as Iowa State shot 0-f0r-12, but they shot 19-for-24 inside of the arc to pull away from a team that lost big man Mike Thorne Jr. late in the first half to a left knee injury.

Illinois’ loss of size in the paint opened things up offensively for Iowa State, and the Cyclones took advantage. But where this group grabbed control of the game was on the defensive end of the floor, and that will be the key for a team with Big 12 and national title aspirations.

Nader took on the responsibility of defending Illinois’ Malcolm Hill (20 points) in the second half and did a solid job of keeping the junior wing in check, with that serving as the spark to a 12-2 run that put the game away. There’s no denying that the Cyclones can put points on the board; most of the talent from last season is back and the productivity on that end of the floor hasn’t changed as a result. Niang’s one of the nation’s best forwards, and both Morris (who now ranks among the country’s best point guards) and Nader have taken significant strides in their respective games.

Iowa State will add Deonte Burton in December, giving them another option to call upon. Front court depth is a bit of a concern, as Iowa State can ill afford to lose a Niang or Jameel McKay, but there’s enough on the roster to compensate for that and force mismatches in other areas.

But the biggest question for this group is how effective they can become at stringing together stops. Illinois certainly had its moments in both halves Saturday night, but Iowa State also showed during the game’s decisive stretch that they can step up defensively. The key now is to do so consistently, and if that occurs the Cyclones can be a threat both within the Big 12 and nationally.