LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The message was sent loud and clear. It’s about winning. It’s not about compliance. It’s not about integrity. That’s what I took from UofL’s action after the NCAA ruling into their Miami investigation came out.
UofL defensive line coach Clint Hurtt was part of that investigation. Hurtt, who was a former player at Miami, was an assistant coach at Miami when the NCAA said he provided impermissible benefits to recruits. Hurtt received a two year show cause penalty handed down by the NCAA. Louisville also imposed penalties that included a 5 month suspension, he can’t recruit until June 2014, he can’t get a bonus or raise until 2015, and is now under a zero tolerance policy.
Hurtt didn’t know his fate when he woke up on Tuesday morning. He said he was prepared to resign if Tom Jurich and Charlie Strong asked him to step down. He should have been asked to step down. It’s not about the fact Hurtt broke the rules. Rules he later admitted to breaking to both the NCAA and UofL officials. It’s because the NCAA said he lied to them while working for Louisville.
The NCAA says Hurtt’s version of some events don’t match up with several recruits. Not one recruit, but several. After practice on Tuesday Hurtt said he told the truth and was openly bothered by the fact this will be on his permanent record. The story became a he said – she said tale and Louisville chose the word of his assistant coach over the word of the NCAA. Very much a judgment call.
My daughter will often tell me she didn’t push down her sister, but when the evidence is overwhelming, I know different. UofL should have known different.