COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Frank Haith was formally introduced to Mizzou nation on Tuesday as the new head men's basketball coach. Within a few minutes, the 45-year-old coach addressed the fact that he knows he isn't the most popular choice.
"Mike told me that everyone would love me," Haith joked in referring to athletic director Mike Alden, who led the search committee. "But, Mike, you lied to me. Everybody don't love me yet. But that's okay, because I don't look at all the negativity I've been hearing so far as a negative; I view it as a positive. I like that passion because I want to win. I want to cut down nets."
Haith had a 129-101 record in seven seasons at Miami. His teams went to the National Invitational Tournament five years and to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament only once.
The Hurricanes never finished higher than fifth in the ACC during his tenure there. Miami was 21-15 this season with an NIT berth that included a first-round victory over Missouri State.