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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Miami: Hurtt out, Petri in

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

On Wednesday afternoon, Louisville announced the hire of former Miami defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt to coach the same position.

On Thursday, the Miami Herald reported the Canes' hire of former Kentucky defensive line coach Rick Petri.

Clearly, this didn't happen overnight.

Hurtt's Miami cell phone has been disconnected for over a week now. The question left unanswered by both Hurtt and Miami is: Why would a former Miami player leave The U to coach the same position at Louisville about two weeks before signing day? It's not like Hurtt jumped to the NFL, like Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Giff Smith did on Wednesday. Hurtt went to Louisville, a program that won just one game in the Big East in 2009. One possible explanation is that Hurtt didn't have a choice -- he was told to start looking around. Another is that he wasn't happy at Miami. Regardless of why it happened, Miami lost one of its best recruiters. As to whether he could've gotten more out of the defensive line? Well, injuries and youth did have a little something to do with it, but the play up front wasn't consistently where it needed to be.

Petri is a good hire to help the Canes get it there.  He was an assistant defensive line coach at Miami from 1993 to 1995, so he knows what the expectations are. It's a good thing, because he happens to be joining the program when expectations are at the highest under coach Randy Shannon.