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Report: Hurtt could face major sanctions

Clint Hurtt (Photo:

Clint Hurtt (Photo:

The NCAA’s Notice of Allegations in the Nevin Shapiro scandal at the University of Miami is iminent, and according to Bruce Feldman of, Louisville defensive line coach/associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt could face serious allegations.

Feldman’s article claims that Hurtt will be cited with “unethical conduct,” better known in NCAA circles as a violation of Bylaw 10.1.

“They are pretty much throwing everything at him,” the source said of Hurtt. “They have him on essentially everything that was brought to the attention of the NCAA, some of which has been publicly known because of (Shapiro) but there are some other things that did not involve Shapiro that they’re charging him with.”

The source added that after the NCAA began investigating Shapiro’s claims, student-athletes detailed other violations allegedly committed by Hurtt and Aubrey Hill, another former UM assistant who had resigned from Florida weeks before the start of the 2012 season. The coaches are expected to be cited for “unethical conduct,” better known in NCAA circles as a violation of Bylaw 10.1, said the source. Among the charges the NCAA will allege against the former UM football assistants are impermissible transportation, impermissible lodging as well as impermissible benefits, the source said.

Lousiville officials said that the Notice of Allegations had not been received as of Monday night. However, once the notice is received, those named in the case have 90 days to respond in writing and also receive a hearing before the Committee on Infractions. A final ruling could take as long as six months after that hearing.

Eric Crawford of WDRB TV in Louisville writes:

Earlier Monday CBS reported that Missouri coach Frank Haith could face serious allegations — and a possible “show cause” penalty from the NCAA — over incidents during his basketball coaching tenure at Miami.

If Hurtt were to receive a similar penalty and it were to stick then it’s certain he would not remain on U of L’s staff. Coaches who receive notices of allegations have 90 days to respond and are accorded due process by the NCAA, but in the event of a show-cause penalty any school that wants to employ that coach must assume the sanctions placed on that coach by the NCAA. In addition, any school hiring a coach with a show-cause penalty in place must appear before the NCAA committee on infractions and show cause for why it should not be penalized just for hiring that coach.

In other words, a show-cause penalty effectively makes a coach virtually unemployable by an NCAA institution for the term of the show-cause.

Hurtt, who is in his third season at Louisville, has played a key role both as a recruiter and position coach on Charlie Strong’s staff. In 2011, he named’s National Recruiter of the Year, serving as primary recruiter for four four-star prospects, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, defensive backs Gerod Holliman and Andrew Johnson, and wide receiver Eli Rogers, among others.

A former Hurricane player, Hurtt was the recruiting coordinator at Miami from 2007-09 before leaving to join the U of L staff as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 2010. All of the reported allegations against him are from his tenure at Miami.

The investigation began nearly two years ago after Shapiro, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for a $930 million Ponzi scheme, told Yahoo! that he gave thousands of impermissible benefits, primarily to football players, from 2002 to 2010. According to the Yahoo! Sports report in August 2011:

  • Shapiro told federal agents in taped interviews that on two occasions, he paid for Hurtt to bring large groups of Hurricanes football recruits to dinner at Miami Beach restaurant Café Grazie.
  • Shapiro told federal agents in taped interviews that he provided Hurtt an interest-free loan of $5,000 – one $2,500 cash payment and one $2,500 check. Shapiro said during his interviews with federal agents that Hurtt did repay the loans. However, Shapiro said he knew it was an NCAA violation to provide interest-free loans to coaches.
  • On a Friday night in 2008, Shapiro said Hurtt arranged to bring three Miami recruits – Andre Debose, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye – to Shapiro’s $6 million Miami Beach mansion for the purposes of the booster recruiting the players. Then-wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill also attended the players’ visit to Shapiro’s home.
  • During his Friday night recruiting pitch, Shapiro took Hurtt, Hill, Debose, Armstrong and Dye through his mansion, stopping at one point to showcase a specially built closet filled with game-worn college and NFL jerseys of former Hurricanes greats. After the tour of the house, Shapiro took the three players for a drive on Alton Road in his $200,000 Mercedes S65.
  • Shapiro said Hurtt was also on hand when he entertained Debose, Armstrong and Dye in his mansion. Shapiro said another recruit, Olivier Vernon, was also on hand. He said Vernon’s visit to the booster’s home was also arranged by Hurtt.

Shapiro told Yahoo!, “Hurtt became a really good friend of mine. He kept me posted on what was going on with the recruiting inside the university.”

Yahoo! provided phone records of cell phone conversations between Hurtt and Shapiro, and a copy of a $2,500 check from Shapiro to Hurtt.

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The Coaching Wire: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Delaware’s Rapone to join Cardinals’ staff

Nick Rapone (Photo: Delaware Athletics)

Nick Rapone (Photo: Delaware Athletics)

Delaware defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Nick Rapone will join Bruce Arians‘ Arizona Cardinals staff as secondary coach. Arians and Rapone met when both played for Virginia Tech University in 1974, and Rapone served on Arians’ staff at Temple from 1983-88.

Rapone arrived at Delaware in 2006 and was part of two NCAA FCS national championship runner-up squads there. The 2010 defense led the nation in scoring defense (12.1 points per game), ranked No. 5 in total defense (280.7 ypg), and was No. 12 in rushing defense (105.3 ypg).

Rapone coached defensive backs at Pittsburgh from 1989-92 and was head coach of New Castle (Pa.) High (his high school alma mater) in 1993-94. He coached the secondary at UConn from 1995-98 and again at Temple from 1999-2005.

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The Coaching Wire: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

South Carolina has hired UNC defensive line coach Deke Adams (Photo

South Carolina has hired UNC defensive line coach Deke Adams (Photo

South Carolina hires Deke Adams

Steve Spurrier has hired North Carolina assistant Deke Adams as defensive line coach. Adams replaces Brad Lawing, who less than 48 hours ago became defensive line coach at Florida.

Details of his South Carolina contract are not yet known, but he was scheduled to make $315,000 at North Carolina in 2013. Adams made $300,000 in total compensation in 2012.

Adams came to North Carolina in 2012 with head coach Larry Fedora. Before that, he spent three years under at Southern Miss, where he also played (1991-94).

Adams began his coaching career in 1997 when he accepted a position at Jacksonville State. He coached at Pearl River Community College (1998-2002), Ouachita Baptist (2002-05), North Carolina A&T (2006-07), and Louisiana-Monroe (2008).


New Syracuse coordinators George McDonald (left) and Chuck Bullough. (Photo by Michelle Gabel/The Post-Standard)

New Syracuse coordinators George McDonald (left) and Chuck Bullough. (Photo by Michelle Gabel/The Post-Standard)

Syracuse announces new staff members

New Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer introduced several members of his new staff at a press conference Monday.

Incoming offensive coordinator George McDonald and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough met with members of the the media. Shafer also officially announced the hiring of DeAndre Smith, who, as we reported in last Thursday’s Daily Scoop, left New Mexico to become running backs coach. Also introduced were new quarterbacks coach Tim Lester and linebackers coach Clark Lea.

Both of ‘Cuse’s new coordinators have previous experience working with Shafer. Bullough coached linebackers at Western Michigan in 2005 under Shafer, who was defensive coordinator, while McDonald served alongside Shafer as receivers coach at Northern Illinois from 2001-03, and as offensive coordinator at Western Michigan in 2005-06. McDonald had been hired by Bret Bielema as receivers on the new Arkansas staff, but left after a month for the chance to become a coordinator.

“It’s just great to get the band back together with people that have the same philosophical values as to how you develop young men,” Shafer said.

Lester spent the past five years as head coach of D-III Elmhurst (Ill.) College in New York. Lester starred at quarterback at Western Michigan from 1996-99 his coaching career at Elmhurst in 2002. His first Division I job was at Western Michigan in 2005 where coached quarterbacks under head coach Bill Cubit, on the same staff with McDonald as offensive coordinator and Shafer running the defense.

Lea spent last season at Bowling Green. Prior to that, he spent three seasons coaching linebackers at UCLA (2009-12) and was an assistant coach at South Dakota State in 2007-08. He was a graduate assistant at UCLA in 2006 and a defensive intern in 2005.

Steve Morrison, who coached linebackers last season, left the program for personal reasons. Receivers coach Rob Moore and defensive line coach Tim Daoust are expected to be retained.

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The Coaching Wire: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Report: Brad Lawing will join Florida staff

South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing will accept the same position on Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida, according to reports.

Lawing has been at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier since 2006. He was also to Carolina in 1998-99 under Sparky Woods and Brad Scott.

ESPN’s Chris Low ranks Lawing as one of the top assistants in the SEC, listing him as one his “Dandy Dozen” conference coaches. According to Low, Lawing is:

One of the more underrated coaches in the SEC, Lawing has been doing it for a long time at a very high level. His defensive lines at South Carolina have been excellent the past few years and are one of the big reasons the Gamecocks have made their move into the SEC’s upper tier.

Lawing replaces Dan Quinn, who was recently named Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator.

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Oregon: Helfrich is the man

Mark Helfrich will replace Chip Kelly as Oregon head coach. (Photo: Geoff Turner/

Mark Helfrich will replace Chip Kelly as Oregon head coach. (Photo: Geoff Turner/

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]regon has named offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich as head coach. Helfrich replaces Chip Kelly, who last week left to become the Philadelphia Eagles coach.

The 39-year old Helfrich spent the past four seasons under Kelly’s tutelage. Though he did not have play-calling responsibility, Helfrich was considered Kelly’s right-hand man offensively and was intimately involved in game-planning.

Helfrich has strong ties to Oregon – both the state and the university.

A native of Coos Bay, Ore., Helfrich was a record-setting quarterback at Southern Oregon University, an NAIA school in Asland. After graduating from SOU in 1995, Helfrich served as Southern Oregon’s first-ever Graduate Assistant in 1996. He then moved to Austria to be player/coach for the Vienna Vikings in the winter of 1997. When Helfrich returned to the U.S., Mike Belottti offerred him the chance to became G.A. at Oregon (1997) and he jumped at the opportunity.

Following a season at Oregon, Helfrich would spend the next 11 seasons tutoring quarterbacks at the FBS (Division I) level.

At Oregon, Helfrich worked closely with then OU offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. When Koetter was hired as head coach at Boise State in 1998, Helfrich followed to coach quarterbacks and again when Koetter was hired at Arizona State in 2001.

In 2006, Helfrich was hired by Dan Hawkins at Colorado, and served as offensive coordinator there until he joined Kelly’s staff at Oregon in 2009.

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The Coaching Wire: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

Update 3:12 pm EST.

  • NCAA: The NCAA passed 25 of 26 proposed rule changes as part of its effort to streamline the Division I rulebook and move toward “a more flexible manual based on common sense.” The changes eliminate some rules (such as prohibitions on texting recruits and regulations of printed recruiting materials) and adds others (schools can pay for medical expenses and can’t scout opponents in person). The only proposal that did not pass was the universal start date of July 1 before a prospect’s junior year for off-campus contact, which was tabled for further discussion in April. The rule changes go into effect August 1, 2013. You can read the full list of rule changes here, and a Q&A with NCAA President Mark Emmert here.
  • Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has approved contracts for incoming football coach Gary Andersen and his offensive and defensive coordinators. Andersen will be paid $10 million over five years. He’ll make $1.8 million in 2013, and then get $100,000 raises in each of the next four years. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda both received a two-year deal worth $480,000 per year. That’s $215,000 more than their predecessors made last year.
  • Miami (Fla.): Hurricane offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has been hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars for the same position. Fisch has been offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Miami the past two seasons. He was the quarterbacks coach in Seattle in 2010, where he worked with new Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. His NFL experience includes stints with the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, and Minnesota Vikings.
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The Coaching Wire: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Last update: 12:22 pm EST

  • NevadaScottie Hazelton has accepted the defensive coordinator job on Brian Polian’s Nevada staff. Hazleton coached linebackers at USC in 2012 and was defensive coordinator on North Dakota State’s 2011 NCAA FCS national championship. Hazelton spent five years (2007-11) at North Dakota State and also served as graduate assistant there in 2000-01.  He began his coaching career at Fort Lewis College, where he also played linebacker, handling the secondary for 4 years (1996-99), followed by two seasons as defensive backs coach at St. Olaf College for 2 seasons (2002-03), two seasons as co-defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern State (2004-05), and one season as linebackers coach at Michigan Tech (2006).
  • Auburn: Former Arkansas State coach David Gunn has accepted an off the field position at Auburn. Gunn spent 11 years at Arkansas State. During his first 10 seasons, Gunn coached running backs before moving to cornerbacks coach on Gus Malzahn’s staff last season. He also served as the Red Wolves’ Director of Player Development in 2011.
  • TCU: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that TCU expects to hire Kansas linebackers coach DeMontie Cross in the same position. Cross, who played free safety at Missouri, coached outside linebacker at his alma mater from 1998 to 1999. In 2000, he served as the defensive backfield coach at Sam Houston State, and coached outside linebackers and special teams at Iowa State from 2001-2005, he was outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator of the Iowa State Cyclones. Cross coached for the Buffalo Bills from 2006-2009.
  • Gardner-Webb: Gardner-Webb head coach Ron Dickerson, Jr. has resigned after just two seasons. Dickerson had an overall record of 7-15 and 4-8 in the Big South Conference. The Runnin’ Bulldogs finished 3-8 overall and 2-4 in the conference this past season.
  • Troy: Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County High offensive coordinator Jim Dye has accepted the offensive line job at Troy. [ Read More ]
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