COLUMBIA, Mo.- In perhaps the most surprising development in college basketball's offseason so far, Missouri coach Frank Haith is on his way to Tulsa.
A person with knowledge of the hire told USA TODAY Sports that it is a done deal. Haith traveled to Tulsa on Thursday evening.
ESPN and CBS first reported that Haith will take the job.
It's rare that a coach leaves a Big 5 conference for a job like this. Tulsa just finished its final season in Conference USA and is set to join the American Athletic Conference this summer, but despite the American's success in its inaugural season, it's not the SEC.
Haith completed three seasons at Missouri, where he amassed a 76-28 record. But this season his Tigers missed the NCAA tournament despite having the talent — and expectation — to do so. Perhaps Haith is concerned that all it would take to be pushed out at Missouri would be yet another disappointing season, and he wanted to stay a step ahead.
Haith lost his top two leading scorers — Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson — to the NBA draft, and he's had to handle off-court issues, such as Louisville transfer Zach Price, who was kicked off the Missouri team before his career there even began after multiple arrests.
At Tulsa, Haith will replace Danny Manning, who left earlier this month for Wake Forest.
Contributing: Eric Prisbell
Frank Cusumano gives his take on Frank Haith leaving Mizzou.