Louisville football coach Clint Hurtt spoke about the NCAA findings in the Miami football case on Tuesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Admitting that he made mistakes, University of Louisville football coach Clint Hurtt said that he respected the punishment he was given by the NCAA and the school Tuesday, but did not agree with the findings.
"Although I'm not very happy about what the obvious outcome was, I do believe you always should be held accountable for your actions," Hurtt said at the U of L practice field.
"There are things obviously that I admitted to. I'm not going to go into great detail about that. But I admitted the mistakes that I made and I take accountability for those actions because I believe that all people should."
Hurtt was given a two-year show cause penalty by the NCAA because of actions as an assistant coach at the University of Miami, where he worked from 2006-09. He is not allowed to recruit until June 9, 2014 and cannot be hired by another school unless he and the school appear before the Committee on Infractions.
His salary, listed at $350,000, has been frozen and U of L athletic director Tom Jurich said Hurtt is not eligible for any performance bonuses. U of L head coach Charlie Strong said that Hurtt is no longer the program's associate head coach. He was replaced as recruiting coordinator last spring and will not return to that position. Hurtt said he will continue to coach the defensive line.
He agreed to a "zero tolerance," policy for future NCAA infractions and to attend seminars on NCAA rules. Hurtt apologized for his actions and thanked Jurich and Strong for retaining him.
"I made some bad decisions, some bad choices," Hurtt said. "But I wasn't a bad person. People that know me, they know me. They know I'm a good person … It wasn't like I was awful. I wasn't a dirtbag when I was at Miami."
Hurtt, who will be 35 next month, said that he knowingly violated at least one NCAA rule, but declined to discuss the individual findings against him, which included a ruling by the NCAA that he was not truthful with investigators.
He said he was not motivated by recruiting pressure or a disregard for the rules, but that he simply made mistakes.
"Not making very smart decisions," Hurtt said. "Obviously it's something I have learned from and would never make those mistakes again. Just like in life you make a bad decision, a bad choice you have to learn from it."
Hurtt said that he did not plan to appeal the NCAA ruling against him. The University of Louisville proactively worked with the NCAA on Hurtt's penalties, and Jurich also said the school did not plan to appeal.
Strong repeated his support for Hurtt, a coach he hired from Miami on the recommendation of former Hurricanes' head coach Randy Shannon.
"You just know people," Strong said. "I look at him as a young coach with a great career. You don't ever want to put anybody on the streets when you feel really good about him. That's the way we felt the whole time with him.
"I know this: Within this program there has never been a rule broken. We always the follow NCAA, and we do everything because we know that without the NCAA running college football would be in a bad position."