SEC entry yields another hefty gift for Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — By all measures, Missouri endured a disappointing football debut in the Southeastern Conference, slogging

through a 5-7 season in 2012 that disrupted a seven-year streak of bowl games under Coach Gary Pinkel.

Off the field, Mizzou's SEC-driven success

has been far more noticeable. On Tuesday, school officials announced an

$8.3 million

gift from Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline to be used to

improve and expand Memorial Stadium and also build a new clubhouse

for the men's and women's golf teams at a private course in


The donation follows a $30 million gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust in June — the second largest private gift of any

kind in school history — and a $6.4 million anonymous athletics contribution in December.

"We have to have the facilities to attract

men and women of SEC caliber," said Walsworth, an MU graduate, CEO of a


Missouri publishing company and former chairman of the

university's Board of Curators. "We have kind of a grace period right

now, but we're going to have to step up."

Two of the Walsworths' three children played golf for Mizzou. A third, Don Walsworth Jr., was a Pac-10 golf champion as a

Stanford University senior.

The school plans to add 6,000 seats to its football stadium, which now holds 71,004 fans. Eight SEC stadiums hold more than

80,000, with Bryant-Denny Stadium at Alabama and Tennessee's Neyland Stadium topping 100,000.

Missouri envisions a total of $200 million

of athletic facility upgrades, funded in part by $72 million of debt


through 30-year revenue bonds. The school hopes to recoup its

entire investment through the sale of additional premium seats

and football luxury boxes.

Also on Tuesday, Missouri athletics director Mike Alden offered his first public comments on reports that men's basketball

coach Frank Haith could be charged with committing NCAA violations while at Miami. has reported that Haith, who spent seven mostly middling years at Miami before his surprise hire by Alden in

2011, will face charges of unethical conduct by the NCAA.

Two former Miami assistant coaches have been

told they will also face unethical conduct charges as part of a

two-year NCAA

inquiry, two people familiar with the situation have told The

Associated Press. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity

because neither the NCAA nor Miami has released the expected

notice of allegations.

Days before the report's anticipated

release, the Miami investigation took a dramatic turn last week when

NCAA President Mark

Emmert announced that former NCAA investigators improperly

collaborated with lawyers for disgraced Hurricane booster Nevin

Shapiro, a convicted felon. Shapiro has claimed he provided cash,

cars, prostitutes and other impermissible benefits to dozens

of Miami football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010

with the knowledge of multiple coaches and athletics employees.

Alden said he discussed his concerns with

Emmert on Monday at a winter meeting of athletic directors on Marco

Island, Fla.,

as well as with a group of peers from Arizona, Illinois, North

Carolina and Syracuse while on a 12-day tour of Nike manufacturing

facilities in southeast Asia.

"I've never seen anything like that before

in my tenure in college athletics," he said. "So, I certainly think it

raises lots

of questions. I appreciate the fact that the NCAA has come up and

they're addressing it. We'll kind of have to see how that

plays out."

"There's a significant amount of concern nationally relative to the integrity of the process and transparency," Alden added,

emphasizing the impact of the NCAA's self-inquiry could be felt far beyond Coral Gables and Columbia.