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October 22, 2013
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich met with the media Tuesday after NCAA sanctions were announced involving Louisville assistant football coach Clint Hurtt.
Jurich began the press conference by saying Hurtt would continue to be employed by the University of Louisville, but noted that the penalties imposed by the University would continue through 2015.
Jurich said he believes in Hurtt's future and complimented Hurtt for being squeaky clean while at Lousiville. Jurich, who said he understands the seriousness of keeping Hurtt on staff at UofL, said he believes Hurtt's mistakes are in the past.
Jurich described Hurtt's mistakes at Miami as a "young coach making young coach mistakes."
"I think the appropriate thing to do is to keep him here," Jurich said. "... He made a mistake as a young man, and I think he wants to make it right."
In a statement delivered to media prior to the press conference, Jurich said: "NCAA compliance is of utmost importance to the University and me. Clint understands that importance, and I believe he recently has acted appropriately in his activities involving Louisville's football program. Clint's penalties will continue throughout this academic year, and the institution will continue to ensure that he remains "a model citizen" within the football program. Clint's actions in the Miami case were significant, and any similar activities here will not be tolerated; however, he has willingly accepted the significant penalties opposed upon him by Louisville and those adopted by the Committee on Infractions. I've had four years watch Clint and his actions at UofL."
Jurich continued, "Clint has learned much from this experience and, as a result, is aware of his responsibilities to his profession, to Coach Strong, and the University. While we anticipate his continued "model citizen" approach toward NCAA compliance will continue, his penalties will remain in effect."
Hurtt was hit with a "show cause" penalty by the NCAA hich would make any future employer "show cause" as to why he had been hired. Jurich said because Hurtt is currently on staff, UofL has been working with the NCAA to provide adequate restrictions to meet the NCAA's demands of a structured, rule-compliant environment.
"In its report, the Committee on Infractions acknowledged the seriousness exhibited by Louisville in this matter and accepted the significant penalties placed upon Clint by me," Jurich said.