Another blow to University of Louisville football would be losing one of its most popular assistants, an icon responsible for much of the program’s early recruiting success under Charlie Strong.
Clint Hurtt has been found to have deliberately deceived the NCAA on two counts, leaving UofL with no alternative. Unfortunately, he may have to go.
The NCAA said he provided illegal benefits to recruits and then lied about it to investigators. The NCAA issued a two-year show cause penalty Tuesday. Show cause means that any university that hired Hurtt should provide proof as to why it shouldn’t be penalized for hiring him.
Surely the penalty isn’t retroactive because Hurtt has been on the payroll at UofL for four years. That would require UofL to provide comprehensive reports on all of Hurtt’s recruiting activities since 2009, a year or so before the Miami investigation began.
If he were to commit another recruiting violation during the two-year period, the university would be severely penalized. UofL has one too many rivals who would just love to stick it to the program. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Good luck to Clint Hurtt in his future endeavors over the next two years.