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Louisville assistant coach Clint Hurtt leaving for NFL job

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Clint Hurtt, a somewhat controversial name in the college coaching ranks over the past couple of years, is leaving Louisville to be an assistant coach with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Louisville confirmed the news with a press release Thursday evening.

“I want to thank Tom Jurich, Bobby Petrino, and President James Ramsey for their support during this process,” Hurtt said in a statement released by Louisville. “I truly looked forward to working with Bobby Petrino at Louisville, but I feel this is a great opportunity. Tom is always going to be important to me and my family. He stuck with me through the toughest of times, and I will always appreciate his support for me and my family.”

Hurtt joined the Louisville coaching staff after being linked to a recruiting scandal at Miami, which resulted in a show cause penalty being handed down last fall. The NCAA charged Hurtt with intentionally misleading the NCAA in an investigation in to the Miami football program and accused him of unethical conduct. The investigation had gone on after Hurtt moved to Louisville to be a part of Charlie Strong’s coaching staff. The university opted to keep Hurtt on their staff through the NCAA investigation and even put him on administrative leave to prepare for his part of the NCAA investigation at Miami.

New head coach Bobby Petrino was quick to welcome Hurtt back to the coaching staff once taking over the program after Strong left for Texas.

“We wish Clint nothing but the best,” Petrino said. “He is a very good young coach and I am sure he will continue to do great things in the NFL.”

According to CoachingSearch.com, Hurtt is likely to serve the Chicago Bears as defensive line coach or assistant, which is the role he had been holding at Louisville and Miami in previous years. According to our friends at Pro Football Talk, the Bears have also hired former Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni to be the defensive line coach.

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3 Responses to “Louisville assistant coach Clint Hurtt leaving for NFL job”
  1. floridacock says: Jan 23, 2014 8:18 PM

    Sounds just right for Louisville.

  2. noaxetogrind says: Jan 24, 2014 9:37 AM

    When people implicate whole institutions or poke fun at schools when one of their athletes/coaches gets into trouble they are typically just being opportunist hitting an easy target. Every program out there has warts and I believe the vast majority of them try to do things the right way. That being said, I do believe Louisville sits alone in that their Athletic Director and by extension their President and alums seem to have no shame. Is there any school in America that has 2 more prominent coaches that have such a checkered past? The Petino saga alone makes you question Jurich’s values. The facts of the case as borne out in a Federal extortion trial is that Petino has sex on top of an eating establishment’s dining table with the wife of a member of his staff, witnessed by multiple people. This is not the act of a young irresponsible person, this is several years ago. It was a tremendous embarassment to the university and cost them a lot of money as they incurred signifcant costs doing their own investigation and PR work. Then Jurich hires Petrino, who had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a much younger member of his staff. He then has an accident and lies to both the police and his AD about the incident. Of course all of that is on top of his other well documented lapses of judgment invovling middle of the night flights to seek employment and his unprecedented cowardly actions when with the Falcons. On top of that we have the Clint Hurt saga. On the day that the NCAA released their findings initially on the Miami scandal Clint Hurt and Aubrey Hill were the two Miami football coaches that were implicated to the greatest degree. At the time Hurt was coaching at Louisville and Hill was coaching at his alma mater, the University of Florida. Within 2 weeks Hill was fired at Florida as the UF administration took a dim view of his association with the program. He is now a HS coach in Miami. Louisville didn’t bat an eye. Charlie Strong wanted to take Clint to Texas but the Texas administration said no way. It’s not hard to see, even in the sordid world of big time college football, Louisville stands as the poster boy for “all that matters is winning”. For that fact and that fact alone, I will do something I rarely do. I will focus some level of energy on rooting against somebody as oppossed to just devoting my energy to rooting for a team. I suspect I am not alone in that view.

  3. floridacock says: Jan 24, 2014 11:29 AM

    Sounds like an axe to grind to me

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