February 26, 2013

NCAA accuses former Miami Hurricanes assistant football coach Clint Hurtt of multiple violations

The Notice of Allegations for ex-UM assistant football coach Clint Hurtt – who is now at Louisville – includes the serious charge of unethical conduct.

The University of Louisville finally released its NCAA Notice of Allegations in the University of Miami case Monday for former Hurricanes defensive line coach Clint Hurtt – and the accusations are plentiful.

As expected, Hurtt was hit with violating bylaw 10.1 for unethical conduct.

“It is alleged that Clint Hurtt, former assistant football coach, violated the principles of ethical conduct when he failed to deport himself in accordance with generally recognized high standards of honest and sportsmanship…” the allegations stated, saying Hurtt “provided improper inducements” to three recruits and “arranged for the provision of improper inducements and benefits from Nevin Shapiro...” to four recruits and three football players.

Specifically, Hurtt:

• Between 2008 and the Fall of 2009 allegedly provided impermissible meals, transportation and lodging to three recruits, and “further, knowingly provided impermissible inducements and benefits when he arranged for Shapiro to pay for the meals” of four recruits and three players.

During his Nov. 3, 2011 interview with the NCAA, allegedly lied about providing those meals, transportation and lodging. “Hurtt’s statements were in direct contradiction to information provided” by the recruits and some of the football players involved, the Notice of Allegations state.

Former UM receivers coach Aubrey Hill, who subsequently resigned from Florida, and former UM basketball assistant Jorge Fernandez, who resigned from Marshall in May, also were hit with unethical conduct charges, according to a Miami Herald source.


Unethical conduct charges often result in show-cause orders for the penalized individuals. A show-cause order ensures that any NCAA penalties imposed on a coach involved in major rules violations remain in force if he is hired by another NCAA member institution. The school and coach must report to the NCAA every six months until the penalty expires. If the school does not believe the penalties should be enforced, it must “show cause’’ to the NCAA.

Many coaches who are hit with show-cause orders are released from their employment and do not get hired during the penalty period, such as former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, whose three-year show-cause order expires Aug. 23, 2014.

Hurtt, an assistant at UM from 2006 to 2009, became Louisville’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 2010. Hurtt played football at UM and was a volunteer strength coach and grad assistant at UM from 2001 to ’04.

Louisville officials declined to comment Monday.

Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich told reporters Thursday 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.”

The Notice of Allegations says the “approximate total value of the impermissible benefits provided by Shapiro” to Hurtt and an unnamed “volunteer recruiting assistant with the football staff” was “at least $7,025.”

Hurtt also is alleged to have received an interest-free loan of $2,500 by Shapiro, which he repaid in 2009.


Other allegations include:

• Hurtt transporting players and recruits to Shapiro’s home, where the athletes played pool, while Shapiro offered a cash prize to the winning team.
• Hurtt arranging in advance for Shapiro to pay for a meal “at Grazie Italian Cuisine, a local restaurant,” for players and recruits – approximate total value of benefits being at least $529.

Although the names of the recruits were redacted by Louisville, Yahoo! Sports originally reported in August 2011 that the recruits were Andre Debose, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Dyron Dye and Olivier Vernon.

Vernon now plays for the Miami Dolphins, Armstrong was dismissed from UM, Debose is a wide receiver for the Gators and Dye is a senior tight end at UM.

The accompanying letter sent to Louisville president James R. Ramsay states that “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 Louisville 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.”

The case is set to be heard in mid-June. Penalties would be announced several weeks later, followed by the appeals process, should UM or any of the involved coaches fight the allegations.

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