Miami (Fla.) recruit Jones to sit out season in wake of alleged involvement with WKU’s Morton

WKU assistant basketball coach Jake Morton was named Tuesday in a Yahoo! Sports report regarding impermissable benefits at Miami (Fla.) from 2002-2009. Morton coached there from 2008-2011.

Cole Claybourn

The Miami (Fla.) basketball recruit whose commitment WKU assistant coach Jake Morton allegedly paid $10,000 for is sitting out the entire 2011-2012 season as the NCAA continues to investigate an improper benefits scandal at the university, according to multiple reports.

Miami announced the decision on senior forward DeQuan Jones on Thursday.

Morton, who was an assistant coach at Miami from 2007-2011 and was hired by WKU in June, was accused in a Yahoo! report on August 16 of helping Miami athletics booster Nevin Shapiro set up the transaction to help secure Jones’ commitment.

Shapiro said in the Yahoo! report that Morton set up the transaction in 2007 and became a middle-man for funds.

The Yahoo! report claims that Morton returned the money to Shapiro in 2010 after he received angry messages from Shapiro.

The NCAA contacted WKU a day after the report was published and said they wanted to meet with Morton regarding the allegations.

Athletics Director Ross Bjork said in September that the NCAA still has no timetable on when they’ll meet with Morton.

Bjork said WKU will operate “business as usual” and the plan was for Morton to remain on the sidelines for WKU.

Morton was indeed coaching during WKU’s exhibition game last Saturday against Xavier (La.).