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October 22, 2013
The NCAA concluded its investigation into the allegations against the University of Miami athletics program Tuesday, relaying punishment to a number of coaches including Louisville assistant coach Clint Hurtt.
Hurtt, who was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Miami when the NCA violations occurred, has been on staff at Louisville since 2010. Hurtt, listed in the report as Assistant Football Coach B, is found to have provided impermissible benefits to prospective student-athletes and conducted himself unethically during the investigation by providing false or misleading information to the NCAA investigators.
The University of Louisville (listed as Institution C in the report) required Hurtt to participate in individual monthly rules-education sessions, in addition to those held with the entire football coaching staff, prohibited off-campus recruiting for two weeks during the spring of 2011, prohibited off-campus recruiting for the fall 2011 evaluation period and implemented a five-month suspension that prohibited on-campus and off-campus recruiting, all coaching responsibilities from March 11, 2013, through August 1, 2013.
The University also told the NCAA it would be willing to consider addition sanctions if there were more violations found.
Here is the official wording from the NCAA report:
Penalties Prescribed for the Conduct of Former Assistant Football Coach B
9. The committee acknowledges that the institution that currently employs former assistant football coach B [Institution C (Louisville)] identified the following significant institutional actions with respect to its employee, former assistant football coach B:
a. Participate in individual monthly rules-education sessions, in addition to those held with the entire football coaching staff, for a period of one year beginning in June 2011.
b. Prohibited off-campus recruiting for two weeks during spring 2011.
c. Prohibited off-campus recruiting for the fall 2011 evaluation period.
d. Implemented a five-month suspension that prohibited on-campus and off- campus recruiting, all coaching responsibilities, his presence in the football office and the performance of any other duties on behalf of Institution C. The football staff was not permitted to replace former assistant football coach B during the time of the suspension. The suspension was effective March 11, 2013, through August 1, 2013.
Institution C also indicated a willingness to consider additional actions, as proposed by former assistant football coach B, in the event the committee concluded that there were additional violations that he previously did not acknowledge. Institution C will confirm in writing to the committee that it implemented the following:
e. Implementation of an additional recruiting ban in effect from the date of this decision through June 9, 2014. Former assistant football coach B will be prohibited from any recruiting activity during the remainder of the fall 2013 and spring 2014.
f. Two-year freeze on compensation. Former assistant football coach B will not be eligible and will not receive performance raises or bonuses from May 20, 2013, through May 20, 2015.
g. Required attendance at NCAA Regional Rules Seminars in 2014 and 2015 at his own cost, as determined by Institution C.
h. A "zero tolerance" policy on any violations, including secondary violations, involving former assistant football coach B during his 2013-14 and 2014-15 contract years.40
10. Show-Cause Penalty. The actions taken by Institution C are separate from the penalties prescribed by the committee. The committee prescribes a two-year show- cause order (October 22, 2013, through October 21, 2015) for former assistant football coach B, adopting the terms identified by Institution C in subparagraphs 9(a) through (g) above. The committee prescribes the following penalties in accordance with NCAA bylaws.
Former assistant football coach B knowingly engaged in unethical conduct, including the offer of impermissible inducements and benefits and providing false and misleading information to the enforcement staff in the investigation of this case. Therefore, former assistant football coach B will be informed in writing by the NCAA that, due to his involvement in the violations set forth in this report, if he leaves Institution C and seeks employment at an another NCAA member institution during the two-year period, then the former assistant football coach B and the employing institution shall appear before the Committee on Infractions to consider whether the member institution should be subject to the show-cause procedures of Bylaw 22.214.171.124-(l) (Division I Manual 2011-12), which could limit his athletically related duties as identified in subparagraphs 9(a) through (g) above, at the new institution for the designated period.
a. Regional Rules Seminars. Further, former assistant football coach B shall be required to attend a NCAA Regional Rules Seminar each year during the period of time which he is employed at a NCAA member institution within the duration of the show cause. Former assistant
40 The committee notes that effective August 1, 2013, violations be processed by the enforcement staff under a new violation structure. Violations will be processed as Level I, Level II, Level III, and Level IV violations. See NCAA Bylaw 19.1 (Adopted: 10/30/12 effective 8/1/13) (Division I Manual 2013-14).
football coach B shall certify in writing which sessions of the seminar he attended and, within 30 days of returning to his employing institution, the employing institution shall send a letter to the Office of the Committees on Infractions certifying his attendance at the seminar.
b. Institutional Requirement. Within 30 days of the release of this report or 30 days after the hiring of former assistant football coach B, whichever is later, any employing institution shall file a report with the Office of the Committees on Infractions setting forth its agreement with these restrictions or asking for a date to appear before the committee to contest the restrictions. Every six months thereafter, through the end of the period of the show-cause order, the employing institution shall file further reports detailing its adherence to these restrictions.