Clint Hurtt will remain on UofL staff, but ‘will be closely monitored’

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The recruiting pipeline to South Florida will remain open for the Louisville football program after all.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, UofL athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed that Clint Hurtt will remain on Charlie Strong‘s coaching staff. In the NCAA Committee on Infractions report released earlier today, Hurtt was slapped with a two-year show-cause based on his involvement in the Nevin Shapiro scandal while serving as a Hurricanes assistant.

It was claimed in the Notice of Allegations sent to the coach earlier this year that Shapiro provided Hurtt with over $7,000 in “impermissible supplemental income.”  The COI in its report released today further claimed that Hurtt and another former Miami assistant, Aubrey Hill, “provided prospects with free lodging, meals and transportation.”

What was thought to be the most damning accusation against Hurtt was the coach “provided false or misleading information to Miami and the [NCAA] enforcement staff during the investigation.”  Jurich stated today that, “[t]o the best of his recollection, he was open and honest to everyone involved.”

“I believe he recently has acted appropriately in his activities involving Louisville’s football program,” Jurich said, adding that the COI “accepted the significant penalties placed upon Clint by me” and “Clint has worked with us diligently to make this happen.”

Among the punitive measures enacted by Jurich included Hurtt’s salary being frozen through May of 2015, suspension of all applicable performance bonuses and a zero-tolerance policy on NCAA violations, including secondary ones, moving forward.

Part of that zero-tolerance policy will include Hurtt being “closely monitored,” Jurich said.

Regardless of the stipulations on Hurtt’s retention, and as long as there are no punitive measures related to recruiting, it’s a huge win for Strong, who Jurich said did not play a role in the decision.

In addition to his titles of associate head coach and defensive line coach, Hurtt serves as the Cardinals’ recruiting coordinator.  Hurtt has extensive ties to the talent-rich recruiting fields in the state of Florida and has used those connections — see: Bridgewater, Teddy — to help Strong raise the UofL’s national profile in the sport.

Report: Ole Miss receives Committee on Infractions’ response to school appeal

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There’s been so much back-and-forth between Ole Miss, Michigan and former quarterback Shea Patterson that you’d be forgiven thinking that the Rebels’ actual NCAA case itself was all over as far as the school was concerned. That certainly isn’t accurate of course and one of the final steps for the program to learn their fate could be set for release in the next few hours or days.

Per Jackson Clarion-Ledger Ole Miss beat writer Antonio Morales, Ole Miss has received a response on their appeal from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions and will soon publish a response after lawyers have had a chance to work through it.

The Rebels had appealed to have their 2018 postseason ban overturned and restrictions on official visits lifted, among other things. The school does have 14 days to respond to the decision but appeals in general are rarely successful and the extra bit of arguing tends to be nothing but extra billable hours for lawyers working on the case.

Depending on the outcome, that should just about wrap things up in Oxford after the school was found to have lacked institutional control in the football program after numerous violations under former head coach Hugh Freeze. Ole Miss remains involved in the waiver appeal of former players like Patterson but this could very well be a closing of the books on a rather turbulent few years of back-and-forth with the NCAA.

Oklahoma State adding gigantic new video board to Boone Pickens Stadium

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While most folks are resigned to getting a new flat screen during the holidays or right around the Super Bowl, Oklahoma State is making their purchase this summer and upgrading the Cowboys’ viewing experience significantly at Boone Pickens Stadium as a result.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the school confirmed that the team’s already remodeled home is getting an upgraded Jumbotron that is the eighth-biggest video board at a college football stadium in the country. In addition to packing in the pixels in a full-high definition display, the new board is set to measure in at 56 feet tall by 110 feet wide and will be mounted just above the east end zone on the outside of the OSU Athletics Center that abuts the field.

“This board not only modernizes the game day experience in Boone Pickens Stadium, but it also brings Oklahoma State to the forefront in this area,” said Athletic Director Mike Holder. “We have taken input from fans and I believe that adding a premium board like this is a game-changer for all of us who attend.

Installation will begin in July and should be finalized by well ahead of fall camp with a target of August 1st for completion. Veteran manufacturer Daktronics will build the board while a local Oklahoma City firm will design the supports. The program notes that this screen will be especially bright compared to other installations by several factors in order to account for the glare of the sun hitting the board.

The entire setup will check in at just a tad bit smaller than rival Texas ‘Godzillatron’ at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium but will otherwise be one of the largest in the Big 12. Given how quickly the Cowboys tend to put up points in Mike Gundy’s offense, chances are it will get a nice workout when games start to roll around this fall in Stillwater as well.

Florida’s Cece Jefferson expected back for start of camp

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There’s a sizable sliver of a silver lining involving the health of Florida’s most productive defensive lineman.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Cece Jefferson would be sidelined for four months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder earlier this week; such a timeline would’ve had the lineman out until the middle of August, after summer camp had started. Thursday, however, brought word that Jefferson is instead expected to be recovered in time for the start of camp in early August.

It should be noted that, as of yet, the football program has not publicly addressed Jefferson’s status moving forward.

Jefferson was a consensus five-star prospect, rated as the No. 2 strongside defensive end in the Class of 2015; the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 7 player overall on 247Sports.com’s composite board.

This past season, Jefferson led the Gators with 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. After considering early entry into the 2018 NFL draft, the 6-1, 242-pound lineman opted to return to Gainesville for one more season.

Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh, others pay tribute to Earle Bruce

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Not surprisingly, the memorials are pouring in for the passing of a College Football Hall of Famer.

Friday morning, the four daughters released a statement through Ohio State announcing that their father, former Buckeyes head coach Earle Bruce, had passed away at the age of 87.  Shortly thereafter, OSU released a statement from its current head football coach on the man who had battled Alzheimer’s for years.

“I’ve made it clear many times that, other than my father, Coach Bruce was the most influential man in my life,” Urban Meyer said. “Every significant decision I’ve made growing up in this profession was with him involved in it. His wife [Jean] and he were the role models for Shelley and me. They did everything with class. He was not afraid to show how much he loved his family and cared for his family.”

Others expressing their condolences included Jim Harbaugh of rival Michigan as well as Iowa State, where Bruce was the head coach from 1973-78 before taking over in Columbus in 1979, and the Cyclones’ current coach for good measure.