University of Miami officials and their fans aren’t the only ones nervously awaiting their notice of allegations from the NCAA, which could come at any time.
Former UM employees accused of wrongdoing will get separate notices of allegations when UM does — a timetable the NCAA confirmed.
That group likely will include former assistant football coaches Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill, and possibly Joe Pannunzio and Jeff Stoutland, who are both on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff. Ex-basketball assistants Jorge Fernandez and potentially Jake Morton also are expected to receive notices, and Missouri coach Frank Haith might, too, depending on the NCAA’s findings. The NCAA has forbidden all from commenting.
Two former UM assistants were forced to resign this year — Hill at Florida, Fernandez at Marshall — and both of their careers are in limbo. Morton was shifted from Western Kentucky’s coaching staff to director of basketball operations, though the school said that’s unrelated to the NCAA issue.
The allegations against Hurtt are worse than those against Hill, who was accused by Nevin Shapiro of being present at Shapiro’s home for a recruiting visit by Ray-Ray Armstrong, Dyron Dye and Andre DuBose.
Hurtt, by contrast, was accused of assorted violations: being at that meeting; taking a $5,000 interest-free loan from Shapiro, which he repaid; and twice bringing large groups of recruits to a Miami Beach restaurant, using Shapiro’s credit card.
So why is Hurtt still on Louisville’s Orange Bowl-bound staff? An associate said Louisville told Hurtt it will stand by him, at least for now, as long as he tells the truth.
Yahoo! previously reported that Pannunzio (now Alabama’s director of football operations) set up Matt Patchan’s 2007 recruiting visit to Shapiro’s home. But an associate said Shapiro never implicated him because they were close, and Pannunzio introduced Shapiro to a friend who lost a lot of money in Shapiro’s Ponzi scheme. Shapiro’s only known allegation against Stoutland was that he attended the Patchan visit to Shapiro’s home.
Sources said Haith told the NCAA he had no knowledge of any violations by Morton (who is accused of paying money to a DeQuan Jones family member, then returning it) or Fernandez, who was punished for allegedly providing frequent-flyer miles for a flight for Reggie Johnson’s mother and reportedly for a transportation violation involving Durand Scott.
But we hear the NCAA has continued to search for any possible violations by Haith, amid Shapiro’s claims that he paid for dinners and strip-club visits they made together.
Besides the Jones allegation — which the NCAA has vigorously tried to corroborate — Fernandez and Morton also were asked about claims they were present when Shapiro paid for entertainment for former AAU coach Moe Hicks.
UM and the former UM assistants, separately, will have three months to respond to the allegations before going before the infractions committee. Penalties could come two to four months later.
A few of the former UM assistants might face show/cause penalties, which means any penalties imposed on a coach involved in major rules violations will remain in force if he is hired elsewhere. Most aren’t hired elsewhere during the length of their penalties, essentially blackballing them.