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Reports: Two Miami assistants avoid allegations; three others to fight back

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Two former University of Miami football assistant coaches reportedly have not received Notices of Allegations in the UM case involving former booster Nevin Shapiro.

Former assistants Joe Pannunzio (now at Alabama) and Jeff Stoutland (now in the NFL) are not expected to receive NOAs, the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

Meanwhile, multiple outlets are reporting that three former UM assistants filed a motion with the NCAA to have their cases dismissed because of errors by the governing body for college athletics during its investigation of Miami.

"UA has not received any correspondence from the NCAA about Joe Pannunzio, Jeff Stoutland or the NOA at Miami," Deborah Lane, Alabama assistant to the president and associate vice president for university relations, wrote in an e-mail to The Miami Herald in response to a public records request.

The Herald cities sources familiar with the case that said Pannunzio and Stoutland would not be charged despite allegations of their involvement in text messages in the recruiting aspects of the case. Those are expected to be secondary violations.

Also, the University of Louisville indicated to the Herald that former UM football assistant Clint Hurtt would receive an NOA later this week.

Former football assistant Aubrey Hill and former basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez are fighting the case by the NCAA, according to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

The penalties in the case were delayed because the NCAA discovered a lack of ethics in its handling of the case, including the hiring of Shapiro's lawyer to depose people in question.
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