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January 23, 2013

Louisville's AD answers Hurtt questions

Current Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt was among those named in a Yahoo! Sports report into infractions at the University of Miami.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich was asked about Hurtt and Louisville's response to the NCAA investigation Wednesday.

"That is between Clint and the University of Miami right now," Jurich said. "...This is something they need to deal with. I don't believe any allegations have been made yet to them. Not to my knowledge at least."

Jurich's comments came just an hour or so before the NCAA released a report saying it's investigative techniques in the Miami investigation were improper. The admission by the NCAA damages its case against the Miami program because some evidence was obtained improperly and will have to be thrown out. How much? It is too soon to say.

"I am deeply disappointed and frustrated and even angry about these circumstances," said NCAA President Mark Emmert, who also described the NCAA's investigative techniques as "a shocking affair."

The University of Miami was expecting to get a notice of allegations from the NCAA this week, but now - with the NCAA investigating its own methods of information collecting - that notice might not come for weeks or even months.

The NCAAs announcement Wednesday delays the process for Miami and all the former coaches, like Hurtt, who used to coach at Miami.

Once the NCAA sends its notice of allegations, Hurtt and all the other coaches and assistant coaches named in the report will have 90 days to respond to the allegations. After that 90 day period, a hearing will be held with each coach named in the report.

Jurich said nothing had changed with Hurtt's status at the University. From University sources, nothing will likely change with Hurtt's status until after the NCAA investigation, the 90-day period and the hearing is complete. That could be into June, July or into next season.

"Once they do (release the allegations) he'll get his due process and have a chance to speak and deal with that," Jurich said. "We'll wait for the final outcome and then we'll make our decisions."

Louisville coach Charlie Strong landed a new $3.7 million per year, eight-year contract Wednesday. Strong and Hurtt have worked closely over the past three seasons since Hurtt joined Strong's coaching staff at Louisville.

University sources do not believe any NCAA allegations involve Hurtt's time at Louisville, and Jurich believes Strong is very serious about keeping the Louisville football program NCAA compliant.

"I am very comfortable with the people we have on this campus," Jurich said. "Charlie sets the tone for the football program, and John Cairns and Jody Sykes work with the football program on a daily basis."

Sykes is frequently with the team on road trips and in the football complex to make sure UofL is staying NCAA compliant. In fact, in the most poignant moment of the season, the embrace between Teddy Bridgewater and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson after the win over Rutgers clinched the Big East title, Sykes can be seen in the video in the team's locker room area.

"I believe we are very strong in the compliance area," Jurich said. "We want to continue to be that way... Jody travels with us, she has an office in the football complex. She helps them in any way she can. Charlie is very, very strong - well, that's not the right word - but compliance is very important to him."

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