TULSA, Okla. (AP) A lot of eyebrows lifted when Frank Haith left Missouri and the Southeastern Conference for the University of Tulsa. On the dawn of the Golden Hurricane's first season in the American Athletic Conference, Haith seems at ease and genuinely excited about his decision.
"I had a great experience at Missouri," Haith said at Tulsa media day on Thursday. "We won 76 games in three years and I had three years remaining on my contract. I was not feeling pressure to the level people were saying, as in `He's about to get fired.'
"For me, it was the people ... the new conference and the new challenge - and the TU history," Haith said. "When I went to Miami in 2004, the school had five previous NCAA Tournament appearances. Tulsa has 15. We're going to be playing in a multi-bid league that is on a par with the SEC in terms of coaches and talent."