Louisville retains embattled Hurtt as DL coach
By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt will remain on the Cardinals' football staff under "significant" penalties imposed by the school for NCAA violations committed while a Miami assistant coach.
The NCAA Tuesday announced penalties for Miami, including a two-year show-cause penalty for Hurtt requiring compliance updates to the sanctioning body. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says that the school had suspended Hurtt but plans no additional action against him.
Louisville disciplined Hurtt after receiving an NCAA letter last spring detailing allegations against him including receiving and providing impermissible benefits at Miami. The NCAA determined that Hurtt provided false and misleading information to investigators.
Jurich said the school immediately disciplined Hurtt with actions including financial penalties. The AD noted Hurtt had been "open and honest" about his involvement in the allegations.
The AD said in a statement Tuesday that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions had accepted the school's penalties against Hurtt, whom the AD said was very cooperative in the process.
"Clint has worked with us diligently to make this happen," Jurich said of the fourth-year assistant, who had been the Cardinals' recruiting coordinator. "It was a very tough decision, but it's one that I've given a great deal of time and care to...
"What we've seen here is he's been a model citizen. He's been a model for compliance; he's done everything we've ever asked him to do above and beyond; he's been great on the field and great off the field, and that played a lot into my decision. I think he has learned from his mistakes."
Hurtt feels he has learned from his past and takes responsibility for his actions.
"I made some mistakes, I'm not going to make excuses for them," he said after Tuesday's practice. "I've always been a good person. But like a lot of other people, I made some bad choices and bad decisions."
Besides the NCAA's show-cause penalty, Hurtt's compensation from the school was frozen for two years. He also will not receive performance bonuses from May 20, 2013 through May 20, 2015.
The coach also must attend NCAA rules seminars the next two years at his own expense and faces a zero tolerance policy for the remaining two years on his contract.
"What I'm doing is I'm putting great faith in what his future's going to be like," Jurich said. "He's been heavily penalized since last March. Those penalties are past, current and future.
"He's going to be under some very difficult restrictions, not only financially but educationally and he understands that."
Hurtt, who played at Miami and was a Hurricanes assistant for eight seasons between 2001-09, was alleged to have received and provided impermissible benefits as a Miami assistant.
The NCAA had said that Hurtt had received a $2,500 loan from former Miami booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro and knowingly provided perks to Hurricanes recruits including meals -- an ethical violation of NCAA Rule 10.1.
Hurtt was absent when the Cardinals began spring drills and coach Charlie Strong said at the time that the coach had been given a "leave of absence" to prepare for answering the allegations against him. The Louisville head coach had assumed Hurtt's duties, but Hurtt was back on the field for fall drills.
Jurich didn't dispute Strong's description but clarified it as a suspension.
"We took Clint off the road last March and he was not part of any of the recruiting, he was not part of any of the coaching staff," said Jurich, who noted that linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary will take over recruiting. "We coached with a man down."
Jurich said he expects Hurtt to comply with the possibility of additional sanctions if he makes another mistake, adding, "we're going to hold Clint to the highest standard possible."
Strong doesn't expect that to happen and is ready to move forward.
"I'm really relieved because I know what type of person he is," Strong said of Hurtt.
The No. 18 Cardinals (6-1, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) play Saturday at South Florida.
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