Louisville AD supports assistant Clint Hurtt despite NCAA penalties

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Clint Hurtt, pictured above in 2010, will remain on staff at Louisville. (USATSI)
Clint Hurtt, pictured above in 2010, will remain on staff at Louisville. (USATSI)

Louisville associate head coach Clint Hurtt faces NCAA sanctions as a result of his involvement with Nevin Shapiro during Hurtt's time as an assistant coach at Miami. In a press conference on Tuesday, athletic director Tom Jurich announced that Hurtt will remain a part of the Cardinals' coach staff despite a two-year show-cause penalty.

"I think the appropriate thing to do is to keep him," Jurich said. "He made a mistake as a young man, and I think he wants to make it right."

Jurich said that Hurtt has "worked diligently" with Louisville, addressing the NCAA case throughout his time on Charlie Strong's staff and even taking a leave of absence during the spring and summer of 2013.

In order to keep Hurtt on staff, Jurich confirmed that Louisville will accept the "further punishments" proposed by the NCAA. Those punishments include a two year compensation freeze, a ban from any recruiting activity through spring of 2014, a "zero tolerance" policy on further violations and mandatory rules seminars.

Hurtt's involvement in the Miami scandal has been known for years, but it was not until Tuesday that the NCAA's two-year show-cause penalty was official. Jurich's support of Hurtt goes as far to believe the Cardinals' assistant, not the NCAA, when it comes to whether or not he was truthful with investigators.

"To the best of his recollection, he was open and honest to everyone involved," Jurich said Tuesday.

Officially, the NCAA believes Hurtt violated the 10.1 unethical conduct rule during the investigation process. The NCAA alleges that Hurtt and former Miami assistant Aubrey Hill provided false and misleading information to its investigators.

From the NCAA's report, made public Tuesday morning:

"Neither former assistant football coach B nor former assistant football coach C provided the full details of what transpired during one or more of the official visits taken by the prospects. In some instances, information provided by each coach directly contradicted the information provided by the prospects. Former assistant football coaches B and C, like the prospects, have the same obligation to tell the truth."

Jurich did not dispute the NCAA's allegations that Hurtt received and provided impermissible benefits to recruits while at Miami, choosing only to address the unethical conduct charge as a difference of opinion.

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