Louisville releases statement on Hurtt's NCAA penalty

Herald-Leader Staff ReportOctober 22, 2013 

Louisville Practice Football

Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, left, talks with head coach Charlie Strong during an NCAA college football practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

TIMOTHY D. EASLEY — AP

University of Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich released the following statement this afternoon concerning Cardinals associate football coach Clint Hurtt and his involvement in the investigation of the University of Miami program that resulted in sanctions against that school.

Hurtt and two other former Miami assistants received two-year show cause penalties from the NCAA on Tuesday. Jurich said the school has imposed its own penalties on Hurtt for his alleged involvement in recruiting violations, and that Hurtt will remain with the Louisville program.

Jurich's statement:

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions today issued its infractions report concerning the University of Miami, and the University of Louisville now knows the resolution of the allegations concerning our Assistant Football Coach Clint Hurtt. In its report, the Committee on Infractions acknowledged the seriousness exhibited by Louisville in this matter and accepted the significant penalties placed upon Clint by me. Throughout the Miami inquiry, even though Louisville had limited knowledge of all the facts in the case, I was troubled by the involvement of Clint in any possible allegations. As a result, I undertook several actions based upon this knowledge, including expressing my concern to him about his possible previous and any future involvement in violations, undertaking additional monitoring and educational activities of him, and imposing penalties upon him based at least on his acknowledged involvement in some violations. Once the Notice of Allegations was issued, we had additional conversations about additional possible penalties. These were subsequently imposed and remain in effect. I thank the Committee on Infractions for its acknowledgment that Louisville took this issue seriously and imposed significant penalties upon Clint that impacted our overall football program. I believe this was a factor in the Committee’s willingness to accept the institution’s further proposed actions that will be imposed upon Clint. NCAA compliance is of utmost importance to the University and me. Clint understands that importance, and I believe he recently has acted appropriately in his activities involving Louisville’s football program. Clint’s penalties will continue throughout this academic year, and the institution will continue to ensure that he remains “a model citizen” within the football program. Clint’s actions in the Miami case were significant, and any similar activities here will not be tolerated; however, he has willingly accepted the significant penalties opposed upon him by Louisville and those adopted by the Committee on Infractions. I’ve had four years watch Clint and his actions at UofL. Clint has learned much from this experience and, as a result, is aware of his responsibilities to his profession, to Coach Strong, and the University. While we anticipate his continued “model citizen” approach toward NCAA compliance will continue, his penalties will remain in effect.

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