Strong Says NCAA Hasn’t Spoken To Cards Assistant

by Rick Howlett on August 29, 2011

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says no one from the NCAA has interviewed assistant coach Clint Hurtt yet regarding allegations of rules violations during Hurtt’s time at the University of Miami.

U of L said earlier this month it would comply with a request from the NCAA to talk to Hurtt. He’s named in a Yahoo Sports report on former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who has admitted providing improper benefits such as cash, meals and trips to football recruits.

Shapiro says Hurtt, then a Miami assistant, took part in some of the violations and once accepted a $5,000 loan from him.

Strong says he hasn’t read the Yahoo report and is focused on the upcoming football season.

Hurtt (below right)  has signed several recruits from the Miami area since coming to Louisville last year, including freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who originally committed to the Hurricanes. But Strong says it’s all been by the rules.  

“We’re going to run a clean program here. And that’s not going to happen within our program. So those guys, with Teddy and all, I don’t’ know why it would ever become an issue,” he said at a Monday press conference.

Hurtt has not commented publicly on the allegations.

U of L opens its football season Thursday against Murray State.

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