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Louisville to keep assistant coach Clint Hurtt despite show-cause penalty

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

The NCAA slapped Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt with a two-year show-cause penalty Tuesday, but that’s not going to stop the Cardinals from keeping him on staff.

“It’s a tough time for everybody involved, a very tough decision,” Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a Tuesday press conference. “but it’s one that I’ve given a great deal of time and care to.”

Hurtt was one of two former University of Miami assistants cited for aiding in the lack of institutional control that was brought on by former booster Nevin Shapiro. The NCAA said Hurtt provided impermissible benefits to recruits and provided false and misleading information to its investigators.

The two-year show-cause penalty bans Hurtt from coaching for the duration of the penalty, and per NCAA rules, any school that keeps a coach who has been hit with a show-cause will also have to implement further sanctions.

Jurich said the university accepted “further proposed actions.” Those actions include:

— Hurtt will be banned from any recruiting activity during the rest of this year and through the spring of 2014.

— Louisville is freezing his compensation for two years. Additionally, Hurtt will not receive performance raises or bonuses from May 20, 2013, through May 20, 2015.

— Hurtt will be required to attend NCAA regional rules seminars in 2014 and 2015 at his own cost.

— Hurtt faces a "zero tolerance" policy on violations, including secondary violations, during his remaining contract years of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

Hurtt’s penalties, including the show-cause, run until Oct. 21, 2015.

Jurich said in his press conference that Hurtt had been a model citizen during his four years with the program and that he could only judge him on that and not what happened at Miami beforehand.

“He’s been a model for compliance,” Jurich said. “He’s done everything we’ve ever asked him to do above and beyond. He’s been great on the field, he’s been great off the field. So that weighed a lot into my decision. I think he learned from his mistakes. To the best of his recollection, he was open and honest to everybody involved.”

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