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Miami radio host fired after offering bounty on FSU player

Miami radio host Dan Sileo has been fired after he sent a tweet offering a bounty on an FSU player.

Sileo, who played for the Hurricanes in the 1980s, was a host on Miami’s 640AM. Sunday morning, he tweeted:

“in 6 weeks… I will PAY A $1000 BUCKS to ANY @hurricanesports PLAYER to TAKES THIS KID OUT #MHFREEMAN.”

Included in the tweet was the photo below, which shows Florida State defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan holding up the “U” symbol, but was apparently made in reference to Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman.

Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (Photo: Cliff Welch, Icon SMI)

Sileo subsequently apologized, stating that the was a joke and that he wasn’t serious about the $1,000 bounty:

 

Regardless, the damage was done, as the Sun-Sentinel’s Dave Hyde tweeted that Sileo had been fired from the radio station. Hyde also tweeted that the Miami compliance department was not happy about the tweet.

According to Sileo’s twitter feed, he says he’s been inundated with backlash from FSU fans and claims he’s received multiple death threats.

He also claims that there were threats against his daughter, and he has hired a private cop for protection and that his family is now in hiding.

Photo: Cliff Welch, Icon SMI

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Louisville AD Tom Jurich: Clint Hurtt will remain with the program

Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt (left) with Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong.

Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt (left) with Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong.

Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich released a statement Tuesday afternoon concerning Cardinals assistant Clint Hurtt and his involvement in the investigation of the University of Miami program that resulted in sanctions against that school.

Hurtt, along with former Hurricanes assistant Aubrey Hill  (now head coach at Miami Carol City High) and former UM basketball assistant Jorge Fernandez, received a two-year show cause penalty from the NCAA on Tuesday.

Jurich said that Hurtt will remain with the Louisville program, and that the school has imposed its own penalties on Hurtt for his alleged involvement.

Tom Jurich Statement on Clint Hurtt

(Emphasis is ours.)

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions today issued its infractions report concerning the University of Miami, and the University of Louisville now knows the resolution of the allegations concerning our Assistant Football Coach Clint Hurtt.

In its report, the Committee on Infractions acknowledged the seriousness exhibited by Louisville in this matter and accepted the significant penalties placed upon Clint by me. Throughout the Miami inquiry, even though Louisville had limited knowledge of all the facts in the case, I was troubled by the involvement of Clint in any possible allegations.

As a result, I undertook several actions based upon this knowledge, including expressing my concern to him about his possible previous and any future involvement in violations, undertaking additional monitoring and educational activities of him, and imposing penalties upon him based at least on his acknowledged involvement in some violations. Once the Notice of Allegations was issued, we had additional conversations about additional possible penalties. These were subsequently imposed and remain in effect.

I thank the Committee on Infractions for its acknowledgment that Louisville took this issue seriously and imposed significant penalties upon Clint that impacted our overall football program. I believe this was a factor in the Committee’s willingness to accept the institution’s further proposed actions that will be imposed upon Clint. NCAA compliance is of utmost importance to the University and me. Clint understands that importance, and I believe he recently has acted appropriately in his activities involving Louisville’s football program. Clint’s penalties will continue throughout this academic year, and the institution will continue to ensure that he remains “a model citizen” within the football program.

Clint’s actions in the Miami case were significant, and any similar activities here will not be tolerated; however, he has willingly accepted the significant penalties opposed upon him by Louisville and those adopted by the Committee on Infractions. I’ve had four years watch Clint and his actions at UofL. Clint has learned much from this experience and, as a result, is aware of his responsibilities to his profession, to Coach Strong, and the University. While we anticipate his continued “model citizen” approach toward NCAA compliance will continue, his penalties will remain in effect.

Photo credit: Timothy D. Easley, AP

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NCAA officially announces penalties in Miami case

The NCAA has released the penalties in its investigation into the Miami athletics program, and the official announcement confirmed reports that the Hurricanes would suffer no bowl ban and the football program lose just nine scholarships over the next three years.

Here’s the official list of the NCAA’s penalties via the Miami Herald:

> Public reprimand and censure.

> Three years of probation from October 22, 2013, through October 21, 2016.

> Former assistant football coach B (Clint Hurtt) penalties: A two-year show-cause order from October 22, 2013 through October 21, 2015. The public report contains further details. The committee also adopted penalties imposed by the coach’s current employing university, which are detailed in the public report.

> Former assistant football coach C (Aubrey Hill) penalties: A two-year show-cause order from October 22, 2013, through October 21, 2015. The public report contains further details.

> Former head men’s basketball coach Frank Haith penalties: A suspension for the first five regular-season games of the 2013-14 season. Attendance at one NCAA Regional Rules seminar at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year.

> Former assistant men’s basketball coach B (Jorge Fernandez) penalties: A two-year show-cause order from October 22, 2013, through October 21, 2015. The public report contains further details.

Football program penalties

> Reduction of football scholarship by a combined total of nine during the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

> Miami may only provide a prospect on unofficial visits complementary tickets for one home game during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Self-imposed by the university:

> Two year bowl ban following the 2011 and 2012 seasons, including the 2012 ACC Championship game.

> Reduction of official paid visits for 2012-13 by 20 percent to a total of 36 visits.

> Reduction of fall evaluations in 2012-13 by six (from 42 to 36).

> Reduction of available contact days during the 2012-13 contact period by 20 percent.

Men’s basketball program penalties:

> Reduction in the number of men’s basketball scholarships by one during the each of the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

> Additional penalties: For all sports, any staff member who sends an impermissible text to a prospect will be fined a minimum of $100 per message, and coaches will be suspended from all recruiting activities for seven days.

> Further penalties resulting from impermissible texts and phone calls are detailed in the public report.

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Report: Miami to receive no bowl ban, lose just 9 scholarships

Former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville, will reportedly receive a two-year show cause penalty.

Former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville, will reportedly receive a two-year show cause penalty.

The University of Miami is expected to receive no additional bowl ban and will forfeit just nine scholarships as a result of the NCAA’s more than two-and-a-half year investigation into the school’s athletics program.

According to Joe Rose, a radio host on Miami’s flagship station 560 WQAM, the Hurricanes will lose three football scholarships over the next three years and there will be no further post-season bans.

The NCAA will officially the penalties at 10 a.m. EST this morning.

If accurate, it’s a big victory for UM and as happy ending as possible to the Nevin Shapiro saga.

Rose also reported that some of the coaches involved will also be punished, including former football assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville, and Aubrey Hill (now at Carol City High School). Both Hurtt and Hill will reportedly be hit with the dreaded two-year show cause penalty.

According to a Miami Herald reportMiami’s basketball program will reportedly lose 2-3 scholarships total.

The Herald’s Michelle Kaufman reported on Twitter that former basketball coach Frank Haith will receive a five-game suspension, and basketball coach Jorge Fernandez will receive a 2-year show cause penalty.

Photo credit: John Sommers II, USA TODAY Sports

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USF assistant Larry Scott leaving for Miami tight ends job

Al Golden has snagged South Florida assistant Larry Scott. (Photo: AP)

Al Golden has snagged South Florida assistant Larry Scott. (Photo: AP)

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]outh Florida running backs coach Larry Scott will be a Hurricane after all. According to the AP, he has accepted the tight ends job at Miami (Fla.).

Scott interviewed with Al Golden last week, but, as we reported Thursday, it appeared that he would remain at USF.

Scott will replace Mario Cristobal, who left last week to become offensive line coach at Alabama.

A member of USF’s original recruiting class in 1996, Scott returned to his alma mater as director of high school operations in 2005. He was a graduate assistant in 2006 before joining the staff full time in 2006. Scott has coached a variety of offensive positions, including tight ends, offensive line and, most recently, running backs.

Scott is considered an ace recruiter in south Florida’s Dade and Broward counties. He was also a potential target to join Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Florida State.

He earned $136,000 last year.

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Larry Scott talks to Miami and Florida State; will remain at USF

Larry Scott will remain at South Florida. (Photo: USF)

Larry Scott will remain at South Florida. (Photo: USF)

***Update*** Feb. 24, 2013 - Larry Scott headed to Miami after all


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter interviewing at Miami yesterday and receiving interest from Florida State, longtime South Florida assistant Larry Scott will remain with the Bulls.

Josh Newberg of 247sports.com first reported the news via Twitter.

Scott was a member of USF’s original recruiting class in February 1996, and returned as director of high school operations in 2005. He was a graduate assistant in 2006 before joining the staff full time in 2006. Scott has coached a variety of offensive positions, including tight ends, offensive line and, most recently, running backs.

Scott is considered an ace recruiter in south Florida’s Dade and Broward counties.

At Miami, he would have replaced Mario Cristobal as tight ends coach. Cristobal left the Hurricanes to become offensive line coach at Alabama on Monday.

A source says that at Florida State, Scott would have also coached tight ends with Billy Napier shifting over to quarterbacks coach, though running backs coach Randy Sanders could also have shifted to quarterbacks coach.

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Add one name, remove another from Bama's offensive line target list

Former FIU head coach Mario Cristobal will interview for the offensive line job at Alabama today. (Photo: Ongo.com)

Former FIU head coach Mario Cristobal will interview for the offensive line job at Alabama today. (Photo: Ongo.com)

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]cratch one name from the list of potential offensive line candidates at Alabama and add another.

Nick Saban had a strong interest in South Carolina running game coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, but Elliott has informed Steve Spurrier that he will remain with the Gamecocks.

“It was a great honor to be considered for a coaching position at the University of Alabama, but I feel it’s in the best interest of me and my family to remain at South Carolina,” Elliott told Andrew Gribble of al.com. “We’ve had a lot of success here over the past three years and I’m committed to being part of that continued success for many years. I’m proud to be a Gamecock.”

You can add the name of former Florida International head coach and current Miami tight ends coach Mario Cristobal to the list of candidates. Cristobal arrived in Tuscaloosa on Thursday and will interview with Saban today.

Cristobal, who inherited an incredibly difficult situation and a frustrating administration at FIU, was fired on Dec. 5 after six seasons as head coach.

On Jan. 10, Cristobal was named associate head coach and tight ends coach on Al Golden’s staff at Miami. However, a source tells us that Cristobal was not excited about returning to his alma mater and would accept a position on Saban’s staff if offered.

Central Florida offensive line coach and Alabama native Brent Key interviewed for the position earlier this week and may be the leading candidate.

Former Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who left last month to join Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles’ staff, made $395,000 last year.

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