NCAA: Clint Hurtt misled probe

Updated: February 27, 2013, 9:52 AM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN.com

Former Miami assistant coach Clint Hurtt allegedly provided false or misleading information during the NCAA's investigation into the Hurricanes' athletic department, according to public documents obtained by ESPN.

In its notice of allegations, the NCAA claims that, between August 2006 and April 2009, Nevin Shapiro provided at least $7,025 in impermissible supplemental compensation to Hurtt and another unidentified Miami volunteer recruiting assistant.

According to the NCAA, Hurtt received a $2,500 interest-free loan from Shapiro in April 2009 and repaid it three months later. Hurtt also had knowledge of Shapiro's involvement with providing impermissible benefits directly to five recruits and three members of a recruit's family. The total value of benefits was at least $3,315.

Shapiro, allegedly with Hurtt's knowledge, also assisted in the recruitment of seven more players. Hurtt also was aware that Shapiro provided impermissible benefits to four recruits and eight then-current Miami players.

Hurtt was an assistant for four seasons at Miami from 2006-09, the past three as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2010, Hurtt joined Louisville and has been the Cardinals' defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the past three seasons.

Through a Louisville spokesman, Hurtt declined comment.

All of the NCAA's allegations against Hurtt occurred while he was at Miami.

"I've said all along, since it did not happen at the University of Louisville, Clint is due his due process and I think that's the only fair thing we can do as a university," Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said. "Clint's side of the story is much different than the allegations, so I think we just wait the 90 days and see how it unfolds.

"Since Clint has been here, he's never done an iota wrong," Jurich said. "We have a compliance staff that works diligently to make sure we've got safety nets in place."

Even though none of the allegations against Hurtt occurred while he was at Louisville, his future with the Cardinals could be in jeopardy if he's found guilty of the infractions while at Miami.

Among the most serious of the allegations is the ethical conduct charge, also known as Bylaw 10.1.

Former Miami football assistant Aubrey Hill, who resigned from Florida in August, and basketball assistant Jorge Fernandez, who resigned from Marshall in May, also received the ethical conduct charge, The Associated Press reported.

The NCAA's notice of allegations involving Hurtt also cites:

• "Between 2008 and the fall of 2009, Hurtt knowingly provided impermissible inducements in the form of meals, transportation and lodging to three recruits. Further, Hurtt knowingly provided impermissible inducements and benefits when he arranged for Shapiro to pay for the meals of four then football prospective student-athletes and three then football student-athletes."

• "During his November 3, 2011, interview with the enforcement staff, institution and his current employer, Hurtt provided false and misleading information when he denied providing meals, transportation and some of the lodging to four then football prospective student-athletes, as detailed in Allegation No. 5-(d). Additionally, Hurtt denied arranging for Shapiro to pay for the meals of four then football prospective student-athletes and three then football student-athletes, as well as attending the meal, as detailed in Allegation No. 5-(d). Hurtt's statements were in direct contradiction to information provided by the then football prospective student-athletes and some of the then football student-athletes involved. [NCAA Bylaw 10.1-(d)]"

A University of Miami graduate, Hurtt was a volunteer strength coach and graduate assistant for the Hurricanes from 2001-04. He was an assistant at Florida International in 2005 before returning to Miami as defensive line coach in 2006.

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