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February 23, 2013

Louisville withholds allegations vs. former Miami Hurricanes assistant coach Clint Hurtt

Clint Hurtt’s Notice of Allegations has still not been released by Louisville. Meanwhile, former UM assistant coaches Jake Morton, Jorge Fernandez and Aubrey Hill filed a motion asking for their individual cases to be tossed out.

The University of Miami’s NCAA saga stretched into another day Friday, with few developments publicly revealed.

The University of Louisville still is withholding the Notice of Allegations for former UM football assistant coach Clint Hurtt, whose allegations have been received, Louisville acknowledged earlier this week.

Louisville is a public school and by law is required to distribute the information to those who formally make a public records request.

A source close to Hurtt told The Miami Herald that he will be fighting some of the allegations. His athletic director, Tom Jurich, defended Hurtt’s character this week, saying, “Since Clint’s been here, he has never done an iota wrong. … He’s been exemplary here. He’s done a great job. He’s never bent a rule here, let along broke one. To me, he’s earned a lot of equity from that.”

A conference call that had been scheduled for Friday with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions took place in the morning, according to a Miami Herald source. Former Miami basketball assistant coaches Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez, as well as former football wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill, filed a motion asking for their individual cases to be tossed out because of the botched NCAA investigation, The Associated Press reported. The AP cited an unnamed source indicating the Committee on Infractions agreed to “consider the request” of the three former UM assistants, adding that the hearing would be held during the originally scheduled June14-15 dates, not in July.

Also on Friday, UM Board of Trustees chair Leonard Abess had a letter that he authored published in the Opinion section of The Miami Herald, on behalf of the UM trustees.

“Despite the often unwieldy investigation, the [UM], at President [Donna] Shalala’s and the Board of Trustees’ insistence, has held itself to the highest standards in its model cooperation with the NCAA,’’ Abess wrote. “…While I believe that the [UM] will emerge stronger and more committed than ever to the letter and the spirit in which the NCAA’s rules of conduct were established, the trustees respectfully, but firmly, add our own voice to President Shalala’s in asking that no further sanctions be imposed …”

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