Missouri Denies Khem Birch Tampering Charge

Missouri coach Frank Haith denied a report that his staff had tampered with Pittsburgh forward Khem Birch. 

“We haven’t asked for a release,” Haith told Sporting News. “We haven’t done anything with the kid.”

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com reported that sources told him Missouri was the only school to which Pitt would deny a release if they asked.

A former McDonald’s All-American, the 6-foot-9 Birch told Pitt coach Jamie Dixon in mid-December he would transfer.

Birch told CBS his list of potential landing spots includes Florida, UNLV, Gonzaga, Washington, Xavier or New Mexico State.

He told CBS he left Pitt because of a dispute over what position he wants to play.

“I want to play more [power forward],” Birch told CBS. “That’s one of the main reasons I went to Pittsburgh in the first place. I know I don’t have the four-man skills yet, but I want to develop them.”

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