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U of L's Hurtt goes on 'administrative leave'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong said today that assistant Clint Hurtt has been placed on administrative leave to deal with a response and hearing before the NCAA committee on infractions.

Hurt, who received a notice of allegations from the NCAA in February for alleged violations that occurred in his previous stint at the University of Miami, is not involved in coaching or recruiting duties, Strong told reporters after a spring practice session on Friday.

"Right now we've given Hurtt just time enough where he can go concentrate on his case," Strong said. "We've given him that time, and I think it's good that he's doing that because just with so many distractions he can't do the job we're asking him to do right now."

Hurtt is in the midst of a 90-day response period to answer a series of allegations presented by the NCAA, the most serious of which include two charges of "unethical conduct," including one of providing false or misleading information to the NCAA.

Hurtt is alleged to have provided impermissible benefits, lodging and transportation to recruits while he served as the recruiting coordinator at Miami. He has not been accused of wrongdoing at U of L, and the NCAA's notice of allegations informed U of L, "there is no institutional responsibility on the part of Louisville for possible violations involving Mr. Hurtt."

Strong said he has taken on Hurtt's defensive line coaching responsibilities himself, and that the staff has split up his recruiting responsibilities and will take over those as a group. He said Hurtt remains around the program and the complex, "But right now he's just totally concentrating on his case."

Read an earlier column from Eric Crawford weighing in on the Hurtt situation.

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