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U of L Issues Statement on Hurtt and Miami Scandal Story

In case you were consumed with the exhibition in Louisville this evening, you might have missed a pipsqueak named Nevin Shapiro dropping the college football equivalent of Little Boy on the University of Miami Tuesday night.  Shapiro, who is currently sitting in jail after getting nailed as the orchestrator of a Ponzi scheme, provided Yahoo! Sports with a detailed account of providing players with anything from jewelry and cash to prostitutes and abortions and even working with a sports management company.  Essentially anything that could be a violation or a crime against common decency, Shapiro had a hand in it.  You can read the entire account here.  In fact, make sure you do.  It’s an incredible story.

It also included a little blurb dedicated to Shapiro’s relationship with Clint Hurtt, who was serving as Miami’s recruiting coordinator at the time.  Hurtt, as you’re probably aware, serves in the same capacity for Charlie Strong at Louisville.  Here is what the story said about Shapiro and Hurtt’s relationship.

Shapiro said he violated NCAA rules with the knowledge or direct participation of at least six coaches — Clint Hurtt, Jeff Stoutland and Aubrey Hill on the football staff, and Frank Haith, Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez on the basketball staff. Multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports Shapiro also violated NCAA rules with football assistant Joe Pannunzio, although the booster refused to answer any questions about that relationship. Shapiro also named assistant football equipment manager Sean Allen as someone who engaged in rulebreaking, and equipment managers Ralph Nogueras and Joey Corey as witnesses to some of his impropriety.

Among the specific incidents, Shapiro or other sources say Hurtt, Hill, Stoutland, Pannunzio and Allen all delivered top-tier recruits to Shapiro’s home or luxury suite so the booster could make recruiting pitches to them. Among the players who were ushered to Shapiro while they were still in high school: Eventual Miami commitments Ray-Ray Armstrong, Dyron Dye and Olivier Vernon (prompted by Hurtt); eventual Florida commitments Andre Debose (Hurtt) and Matt Patchan (prompted by Stoutland and Pannunzio); eventual Georgia commitment Orson Charles (Pannunzio); and eventual Central Florida commitment Jeffrey Godfrey (Allen).

The University of Alabama (Pannunzio and Soutland), University of Florida (Hill) and University of Louisville (Hurtt) all declined to make the coaches available for interviews. Allen declined comment, calling all of Shapiro’s claims “egregious and false.”

But Shapiro insists he came in contact with multiple recruits improperly during their official or unofficial visits going all the way back to 2002.

“Hell yeah, I recruited a lot of kids for Miami,” Shapiro said. “With access to the clubs, access to the strip joints. My house. My boat. We’re talking about high school football players. Not anybody can just get into the clubs or strip joints. Who is going to pay for it and make it happen? That was me.”

Like the other schools with former Miami coaches named in the story currently on the staff, Louisville issued a simple statement Tuesday, saying “We are not going to respond to any alleged accusations.”  That might change as this story continues to develop in the coming days, but for now they are apparently going all Tammy Wynette and choosing to stand by their man. 

Ladies and gentlemen, the world of college football appears on the cusp of getting a major shakedown.  And it’s all another painful reminder that you should never trust a grown man in an Abercrombie shirt.


Article written by Thomas Beisner

23 Comments for U of L Issues Statement on Hurtt and Miami Scandal Story

  1. Computer Blue
    11:32 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t see how Miami cannot get the death penalty.

  2. Hestkuk
    11:41 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Teddy Bridgewater made a cameo in one of the reports for going up to Shapiro’s luxury box in 2009. That was all that was mentioned so far, but in ’09 Hurtt was still at Miami. Im sure Teddy was just visiting Shapiro and that was probably the only interaction the 2 ever had.

  3. Forde/Thamel
    11:48 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    I am sure Forde and Thamel will write a nice piece on how Hurtt was an innocent victim in all of this. As for Jurich he could care less as long as they win.

  4. GoCats2
    11:53 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Thats a real shame. The Miami Hurricanes seemed like such a fine upstanding program with good model citizens associated with their athletics.

  5. Tim Fuller
    11:55 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Still no one ever questions why UL would give me my start as an assistant when all I was before that was a runner for Nike. Granted I’m not at UL anymore but UL basketball hired a Nike runner for an assistant

    and now Hurtt with football

    Jurich is bad for sports

    time for UL spin on things

  6. Grant
    11:59 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink


  7. UKGoBigBlue
    12:00 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    If UL was smart (which we know they aren’t) UL would cut Hurtt loose like yesterday !! This guy is going down, there is no point trying to protect him, and you know the NCAA is going to now look into his doings at UL. The last thing UL wants is the NCAA poking around your program.

    The U won’t get the death penalty (after SMU the NCAA won’t kill a program), but they’re going to feel like they got the death penalty.

  8. Hurtt
    12:02 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    UL can’t fire me! I’m untouchable! It’s because me our recruiting has gotten so much better in the last few classes. BECAUSE OF ME!!! You won’t cut me lose like you did Tim Fuller to bypass the NCAA. Can’t Touch Me! DaVille 4 Life! Throw you L up

  9. Hurtt
    12:05 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    Loueyville…throw you Ls UP

    Throw your Ls UP

    Throw your Ls UP

  10. Make Sense
    12:06 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder why all of a sudden some really quality recruits wanted to move from Florida to come to the city of Louisville and play in the Big East. Didn’t make sense at first

    Now it does

  11. UL Fan
    12:08 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    How can I spin this?
    Have to think about it overnight

    until then.. Cardinalbird for life!

    Daville baby!

  12. Terrence Jennings
    12:10 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville doesn’t cheat

    but again I somehow got the grades to go to UL after committing there

    just a coincidence

  13. bc2834
    12:53 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    If this is the same Pannunzio (and I’m pretty sure it is) he totally ran the Murray State program in the ground. There were all kinds of allegations of academic fraud and much worse that went on while he was the coach there. MSU is just now starting to try and rebound from what that guy did in his reign there. I’m not surprised at all that he is involved in this scandal.

  14. Kellen Winslow Jr.
    6:05 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    I’M A F****** SOLDIER!!!

  15. Rick Bozich
    6:19 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    U of L is as clean as the wind-driven snow, or a Porcini’s tablecloth . . . uh nevermind. Regardless, you’ll see my latest spin on things in the Courier Urinal this morning. Tommy Turtleneck is a god!!!

  16. MacGruber
    7:14 am August 17, 2011 Permalink


  17. Guck Foodman
    9:25 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    UL is filthy and dirty.

  18. cwill
    9:36 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    This is crazy.. look back at this article on ESPN where they named Clint Hurtt ESPN’s recruiter of the year because he was able to get people to come from florida to go louisville.. Very intersting, does that mean ESPN will take back their award?

  19. River Rat
    10:52 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    Hurtt must be a likable guy if all the recruits got for coming to the Ville was a chance to be around him.

  20. Waitn' on 8
    10:58 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    18. Suddenly that article seems a bit tainted.

  21. It's a Celebration
    11:02 am August 17, 2011 Permalink

    I guess that explains the Florida pipeline UL has.

  22. NBA league pass
    12:11 pm August 17, 2011 Permalink

    As much as I would like to see L-ville get dinged on this…how do infractions that he may have committed at UM translate to UL having problems? I think at worst for them, they’ll just fire him and move on.

  23. big tim
    8:45 pm August 17, 2011 Permalink

    they said on wave news that there investigating teddy bridgewater that when he was a junior he go tookin to a sweat and that the ncaa headed to louisville to talk to the coach