DL coach Clint Hurtt leaving Bobby Petrino's Louisville staff for the NFL

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Clint Hurtt, pictured above in 2010, will leave Louisville to join the Chicago Bears staff. (USATSI)
Clint Hurtt, pictured above in 2010, will leave Louisville to join the Chicago Bears staff. (USATSI)

Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt is leaving the Cardinals for the NFL, the school confirmed on Thursday night.

Multiple outlets, including the AP and ESPN, have identified the Chicago Bears as Hurtt's landing spot, but the school did not specify a team in its announcement.

"I want to thank Tom Jurich, Bobby Petrino, and President James Ramsey for their support during this process," Hurtt said in an official statement. "I truly looked forward to working with Bobby Petrino at Louisville, but I feel this is a great opportunity. Tom is always going to be important to me and my family. He stuck with me through the toughest of times, and I will always appreciate his support for me and my family.

"I will always love the University of Louisville and will always miss the city and be grateful for the opportunity to coach here. My ambition is to build a career in the NFL. I made a mark in recruiting and coaching at the collegiate level, but I think I can improve my career and begin a new one in the NFL."

Hurtt was the only holdover from Charlie Strong's staff, playing a big role in the Cardinals' recruiting efforts until he was suspended by the school for his involvement with NCAA violations at the University of Miami.

The NCAA alleged that Hurtt received and provided impermissible benefits to recruits while at Miami, and handed down a two-year show-cause penalty to the former Hurricanes' assistant.

In order to keep Hurtt on staff at Louisville, athletic director Tom Jurich accepted "further punishments" proposed by the NCAA -- 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.

"We wish Clint nothing but the best," Bobby Petrino said in a the release. "He is a very good young coach, and I am sure he will continue to do great things in the NFL."

Even if Strong was not an active part of the Cardinals recruiting efforts, losing a key member of the staff less than two weeks before signing day is never ideal.

 
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