NCAA probing ex-Hurricanes assistant Hurtt

Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:58 PM

MIAMI, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Former University of Miami-Florida assistant football coach Clint Hurtt is facing unethical conduct charges by the NCAA, USA Today reported Monday.

The newspaper said documents it obtained through an open records request indicated Hurtt -- now the University of Louisville's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator -- is accused of several violations, including an unethical conduct charge.

The NCAA alleged Hurtt "knowingly provided improper inducements" to three recruits and is said to have funneled benefits provided by former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro to four recruits and three Miami football players.

The inducements allegedly included meals, entertainment and cash.

The NCAA also is accusing him of misleading its investigators, USA Today said.

Shapiro, who claims he provided banned benefits to hundreds of Hurricanes athletes, is serving a 20-year sentence for running a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

Several former Miami coaches who are also accused of violations are seeking to have them dismissed because of admitted mistakes made by the NCAA during its two-year probe of the Hurricanes.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said last week an external review of its enforcement division turned up significant misconduct by investigators in the case.

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