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Armstong's father calls out Louisville assistant

Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2011 2:20 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

While current student-athletes involved in the NCAA's investigation into Miami's football program (both current Hurricanes and former/prospective players) have received their punishments or clearance, there are active coaches and administrators named in the Yahoo investigative report continuing their careers away from Coral Gables.

One of the names appearing frequently in the claims of former booster Nevin Shapiro is current Louisvillerecruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, who was at Miami during many of the violations associated with current Hurricanes. Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong and tight end Dyron Dye received four-game suspensions for an array of benefits they received as recruits, including "five nights of impermissible lodging from institutional staff." Armstrong's father, Albert, expressed his displeasure to the Miami Herald, and wants to know when Hurtt will face his punishment.

"I mean as far as what I'm hearing now, what Shapiro supposedly gave them was less than $100," Armstrong explained to the paper. "That means they received less than what they needed [to get suspended]. What I heard Ray-Ray got punished for was staying with Clint Hurtt. How that supposed to be a violation when these coaches exposed these kids to this stuff?

"I just don't like that all these kids have to suffer and we haven't heard anything about the coaches yet. My kid got a four-game suspension for what? He didn't do anything wrong if he was with the coach who was recruiting him."

While the detailing of what exactly was received by Armstrong, Dye, and defensive end Olivier Vernon (three players identified by the NCAA as receiving benefits as prospective student-athletes) is arguable, Armstrong's does have a point in asking for Hurtt's punishment. The NCAA report did not identify what staff member provided lodging, but the monetary value of that lodging is likely what led to the figures of $788 and $738 for Dye and Armstrong.

If Hurtt was the staff member providing the lodging, than the current Louisville assistant will likely be hearing from the NCAA as this investigation is ongoing and far from completed. The enforcement staff doesn't exactly work rapidly, and the current Hurricanes at least have a definite answer on their status for the upcoming season. But it makes sense that those players sitting out for four games would be frustrated to see the coach who put them in that situation going about his business as if nothing happened.

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