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      Alden confirms Haith is leaving for Tulsa

      In a Friday morning news conference, University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden confirmed that Frank Haith has accepted the head coaching job at Tulsa.

      Alden said Haith informed him this morning via text message that he would be leaving for Tulsa.

      He would not discuss any potential candidates for the opening when asked by reporters.

      Former Tiger assistant and current Central Missouri head coach Kim Anderson has been mentioned as a possibility and when asked Alden said that Andersonâ??s done, "a magnificent job," at UCM.

      Tim Fuller, an assistant under Haith, was also brought up during the questioning. Alden said that Fullerâ??s, "a heck of a coach," and praised the job he did filling in while Haith was suspended for five games to start the season.

      Alden said the assistants, led by Fuller are in constant contact with current recruits, as they try and preserve the 2014 recruiting class.

      Already one commitment, Kevin Punter of State Fair Community College has reopened his recruitment.

      Alden said he met with players before addressing the media, and said they are his highest priority.

      There is no timetable set for finding Haithâ??s replacement.