NCAA: Hurtt misled investigators, hit with unethical conduct charge

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The much-anticipated and highly-controversial Notice of Allegations was finally handed down on Miami by the NCAA the weekend before last.  The university as well as former assistant football and basketball received their respective notices, including current Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt.

While no details of what was contained in Hurtt’s NOA were released at the time, that changed Monday.

A freedom of information request on the part of multiple news organizations resulted in the details of the NOA and, as expected, it doesn’t portray Hurtt (pictured, background) in a favorable light.  As previously reported, Hurtt received the “dreaded” 10.1 rule violation, which in essence accuses the coach of unethical conduct.

The NOA stated that Hurtt provided “false and misleading information” to investigators as the NCAA probed allegations of impermissible benefits given to both football and basketball athletes.  Specifically, the NOA states that convicted felon Nevin Shapiro “provided at least $7,025 in impermissible supplemental compensation to Hurtt and another unidentified Miami volunteer recruiting assistant,” ESPN.com wrote.

It’s further alleged that Hurtt was involved in the improper recruitment — providing impermissible transportation and lodging — to seven recruits from 2006-09.  One of those incidents, the South Florida Sun Sentinel notes, involved a trip to Shapiro’s home with prospective recruits in tow.

Hurtt denied any wrongdoing to the NCAA; the NOA states that those denials “were in direct contradiction to information provided by the then football prospective student-athletes and some of the then football student-athletes involved.”

In its letter to Louisville informing the school of the situation surrounding one its assistant coaches, the NCAA wrote that” [a]lthough there is no institutional responsibility on the part of Louisville for possible violations involving Mr. Hurtt, please be advised that action could be taken that would limit Mr. Hurtt’s athletically related duties at Louisville for a designated period if he is found in violation by the” Committee on Infractions or the Infractions Appeals Committee.

The hearing in front of the COI is expected to take place at some point this summer; the NCAA confirmed in the letter that Louisville will be afforded the opportunity to attend the COI hearing.

Aubry Hill was one of three former Miami assistants, and the lone football coach, who requested that the COI throw out the NOA against them.  The NCAA is said to be considering that request.

East Carolina mourns loss of former Pirate Domonique Lennon in fatal shooting

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The extended Eastern Carolina football family is in mourning following the passing of one of their own.

Over the weekend, Domonique Lennon was shot and killed following an incident outside of a Raleigh, NC restaurant. He was just 24 years old.

Witnesses described hearing upwards of 15 gunshots, with police arriving at 9:45 p.m. Friday night. No suspect or suspects are in custody as police continue to investigate the fatal shooting, which they believe involved more than one shooter.

It’s unknown if Lennon was the target or just caught up in the crossfire.

Lennon played defensive back for the Pirates from 2011-15. He played in 26 games his last two seasons with ECU, starting 14 of those contests in 2014.

“East Carolina University, the athletics department and Pirate football program are saddened by the tragic passing of Domonique Lennon,” a statement from the school began. “He made a positive impact on many people during his time as a student-athlete at ECU and earned the respect of both his teammates and coaches. We extend our condolences to Domonique’s family, friends and all those who knew and loved him.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help start a college fund for Lennon’s young son Landon. You can reach it by clicking HERE.

VIDEO: LSU RB Derrius Guice squats 650 pounds

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Derrius Guice may be the most underrated player in college football.

Playing in the shadow of Leonard Fournette, Guice posted an eye-popping 8.55 yards per carry (51 rushes for 436 yards) as a freshman in 2015, then kept his big-play ability as his usage increased while Fournette battled injuries in his final college season. Guice rushed 183 times for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns; his 7.58 yards per carry average was the most among Power 5 rushers with at least 180 carries.

So, yes, Guice is really good. He’s also a physical freak.

LSU captured and tweeted video Friday of Guice squatting 650 pounds, more than three times his listed 212 pounds.

If — and this is a massive, Les Miles-firing if — LSU can consistently throw the ball in 2017, go ahead and make Guice your darkhorse Heisman contender in 2017.

(HT CBS Sports)

Former Miami TE Jovani Haskins headed to West Virginia

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Jovani Haskins announced two weeks ago he was leaving Miami for “somewhere else.” That somewhere else proved to be a favorite destination of other Sunshine State transfers: West Virginia.

“WVU is my new home and I can’t wait to perform in front of the fans of West Virginia!” he tweeted on Saturday.

A 3-star prospect out of Bergenfield, N.J.., Haskins was offered by West Virginia in the class of 2016 and most recruiting experts actually had him signing with the Mountaineers before a surprise commitment to Miami.

Haskins joins two former state of Florida players on WVU’s roster: starting quarterback Will Grier (Florida) and former Miami quarterback Jack Allison (Miami). The Mountaineers also employed Florida State transfer Clint Trickett at quarterback and Miami transfer Antonio Crawford at cornerback.

Haskins redshirted in 2016 and will presumably sit out 2017 before gaining eligibility in ’18. West Virginia could use the help immediately; the roster lists one scholarship tight end at present. WVU currently has two tight ends pledged for the 2018 class in addition to Haskins.

 

BYU wearing special patch in honor of LaVell Edwards

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BYU got the summer media day fun started on Friday with their football media day. BYU tends to pull out all the stops on its media day with coach and player interviews, alumni returning, and a handful of announcements about the future of the program. In addition to news about their relationship with ESPN, BYU also announced the football team will be sporting a patch this season in honor of the late LaVell Edwards.

In addition to players wearing the patch on their jerseys, BYU coaches will also wear the patch on their sleeves.

Edwards passed away in December at the age of 86. The BYU coaching legend spent 29 seasons on the sidelines in Provo and accumulated 257 wins along the way. Among those was a national championship season in 1984, which remains the most recent national championship to be claimed by a program not currently in a power conference. Edwards took 22 BYU teams to a bowl game.

Now if we can just keep getting BYU to stick to that lighter shade of blue as their main home uniform, we’ll be in great shape.