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1. Missouri coach Frank Haith has long believed he is innocent and won't face any charges stemming from the investigation into potential violations, unethical conduct or a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance as CBS Sports reported. If the Miami report does come out in the next week and Haith is named then he will likely receive his due process from the NCAA and Missouri. It could take nearly a year for the entire process to unfold from appeals to committee hearings to decisions rendered. Of course, Missouri could always self-impose any sanctions on him if there are charges. Haith has said from the time Yahoo! Sports broke the Miami story that he and the university have cooperated. That's key. Regardless of any charges, he must be open to any questioning. Missouri can't afford anything to drag on but the school must provide due process in the case. A rush to judgment won't fly and would not be prudent. This is a time-consuming process and one that must not be taken lightly. There is too much at stake for any final decisions without going through the process.
2. The Monday Big East results are yet another reminder that the league may actually be the most competitive from top to bottom in recent memory. That may not bode well for a high number of bids but there are few givens anymore. If you gave up on Georgetown then hold on because the Hoyas suddenly have life. If you were so inclined to jump on Notre Dame after a win over Kentucky you may want to wait after losses to St. John's, UConn and now the Hoyas. Cincinnati seemingly plays every game down to the final possession like Marquette. Don't even try to figure out Pitt at this juncture. I don't think you have to worry about Louisville and/or Syracuse much at all, but the rest of the conference is as wacky and unpredictable as ever.
3. Texas lost Jonathan Holmes with 6:58 remaining against Oklahoma Monday to what was later determined as a broken bone in his right hand. He's out indefinitely. The Longhorns are now 0-5 in the Big 12. I'm not sure Myck Kabongo would have fixed all of the problems, but clearly the NCAA did more than just harm Kabongo with the original season-long suspension that was reduced to 23 games. This ultimately damaged the Texas team, even though this was strictly an individual amateurism violation. The Longhorns haven't been right all season and won't be, making the NCAA penalty more about Texas than just Kabongo.