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February 22, 2013

Two former Miami Hurricanes assistant football coaches not expected to receive allegation notices

Ex-Canes assistant coaches Joe Pannunzio and Jeff Stoutland have not received notices in the UM case.

As of Thursday evening, former University of Miami football assistant coaches Joe Pannunzio and Jeff Stoutland, or their legal representation had not received Notices of Allegations in the UM case involving former booster Nevin Shapiro.

They are not expected to receive NOAs.

Pannunzio is the director of football operations at the University of Alabama, where Stoutland recently left to take a job in the NFL.

“UA has not received any correspondence from the NCAA about Joe Pannunzio, Jeff Stoutland or the NOA at Miami,” Deborah Lane, Alabama assistant to the president and associate vice president for university relations, wrote in an e-mail to The Miami Herald in response to a public records request.

A source familiar with the NCAA case said neither Pannunzio nor Stoutland would be charged in any Shapiro-related allegations. However, The Associated Press on Wednesday night reported in a Twitter post that Pannunzio is in the NOA for “text messages,” indicating it was “minor, if anything.”

Two sources said the texting situation stems from UM formerly being investigated by the NCAA for recruiting-related text messages by coaches in various sports, first reported by The Miami Herald in August 2010.

The text-message situation, the sources said, will be included as part of the overall case. But they are expected to be alleged secondary violations listed after the Shapiro-related allegations. Pannunzio, thus, would not be subject to receiving an NOA or appearing before the infractions committee if an allegation was not major.

Also as of Thursday night, Louisville had not released former UM football assistant Clint Hurtt’s NOA but indicated in an e-mail to The Miami Herald that the related records would likely be sent later this week.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich told reporters Thursday regarding Hurtt, that “Clint is due his due process, and I think that’s the only fair thing we can do as a university. Clint’s side of the story is much different than the allegations, so I think we just have to wait the 90 days and see how it unfolds.”

• Senator Joseph Abruzzo wrote a letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asking that she initiate an investigation into the NCAA’s actions “during its probe of the [UM] athletic program.’’
• Three former Miami assistant coaches filed a motion with the NCAA asking that their infractions cases be dismissed because of the mistakes that governing body for college athletics made in their long investigation of the Hurricanes, The Associated Press reported.

Former football assistant Aubrey Hill and former basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez had their motion delivered to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side authorized the release of any information.

The motion, according to the person, says the three coaches believe the NCAA’s alliance with the attorney for the former booster at the center of the Miami scandal has created a scenario where they cannot “get a fair and reasonable proceeding.”

A conference call on the matter is scheduled for Friday with the NCAA.

Miami Herald wire services contributed to this report.

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