NCAA: Hurtt unethical, misleading in Miami case

Former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt violated ethical conduct, misled investigators and received at least $7,025 from ponzi-scheming booster Nevin Shapiro, the NCAA alleges in an eight-page notice sent to Louisville, where Hurtt now coaches.

According to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, obtained by through a public records request, Hurtt gave “false and misleading information” when he denied providing four recruits and three current Miami players with meals, transportation and lodging.

His statements were “in direct contradiction to information provided” by players involved, the NCAA says.

Hurtt and a Miami assistant -- name redacted from the public record -- supplied benefits to five recruits and their families worth at least $3,315, including meals and lodging.

Between 2008 and 2009, Hurtt allowed recruits to stay at his residence for two nights and provided them with “at least two meals, all at no cost,” along with local transportation, for a total value of $555.

A source tells’s Bruce Feldman that the impermissible lodging was tied to a trio of Sanford, Fla. Recruits -- former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami tight end Dyron Dye and Florida wide receiver Andre Debose.

Hurtt allegedly transported players to Shapiro’s residence, where players rode in his Mercedes around his neighborhood. The notice also lists Shapiro providing cash prizes for pool and bowling games.

From November 2006 to 2009, Hurtt knew that Shapiro assisted in the recruitment of seven recruits and had impermissible contact with four recruits and eight Miami football players, according to the NCAA.

The NCAA claims Hurtt and a volunteer recruiting assistant (name also redacted) accepted at least $7,025 in impermissible compensation from Shapiro between August 2006 and April 2009.

Shapiro also provided Hurtt with a $2,500 interest-free loan in April 2009, to which Hurtt paid back three months later.

All the allegations against Hurtt came while he was a Miami assistant from 2006-09. Hurtt has been Louisville’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator since 2010.

Hurtt has 90 days from the Feb. 19 issue date to respond to the NCAA. From there, Hurtt will likely appear in a hearing before the Committee on Infractions, to which Louisville can attend, the notice states.

Louisville has publicly supported Hurtt through the investigation.

“Although there is no institutional responsibility on the part of Louisville for possible violations involving Mr. Hurtt, please be advised that action could be taken that would limit Mr. Hurtt’s athletically related duties at Louisvllle for a designated period if he is found in violation by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions or the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee,” said NCAA managing director of enforcement Rachel Newman-Baker in the notice’s cover letter to Louisville President James R. Ramsey, athletics director Tom Jurich, Miami President Donna Shalala and Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco.

Hurtt has told friends that Louisville’s administration informed him that it would support him as long as he didn’t lie to the NCAA and Louisville, a source told Feldman.

The allegations against Hurtt aren’t shocking but are damning in volume. Hurtt’s notice provides several examples of the NCAA aggressively pursuing the Miami case despite a portion of the investigation being tainted.

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