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|A former Miami booster claims then-Canes coach Frank Haith knew about a scheme to secure a recruit's commitment to Miami in exchange for cash.|
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|When Missouri AD Mike Alden, left, hired Frank Haith, he cited the coach's character as one of the deciding factors.|
Tigers athletic director Mike Alden had to fall back on less quantifiable justifications. Alden spoke of his new coach's experience recruiting in the Big 12 as an assistant at Texas. But what the AD really focused on, in his early defense of Haith, were the words "integrity" and "character" -- saying that Haith's "entire reputation is based on building young men of character," and that "Frank has the character and integrity we are looking for." One prominent Missouri booster, in an early article about the hiring, still seemed skeptical. "In this case, the margin for error isn't as great," he said. "[Alden] rises or falls with how Haith does."