Clint Hurtt Charged With Unethical Conduct

Earlier today, the University of Louisville confirmed that assistant football coach Clint Hurtt had received his notice of allegations from the NCAA. Now we're getting a little bit more information as to what those allegations entail.

According to Associated Press sources, Louisville's Clint Hurtt is one of three former Miami assistants who has been accused by the NCAA of purposefully misleading the investigation and violating "principals of ethical conduct."

The AP says several other coaches were named in the NCAA's, including Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, but only the three assistants are accused of breaking the NCAA's 10.1 ethical conduct contract.

The accusation isn't good news for Hurtt's job security.

An SI.com study of the past 177 NCAA infractions cases involving violations of Bylaw 10.1 revealed that coaches accused of such violations rarely retain their jobs.

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Of the 177 cases, 172 involved coaches or athletic administrators accused of committing unethical conduct. Of those, 159 resigned or were terminated. Eighty-one cases involved coaches or athletics administrators accused of providing false or misleading information to NCAA investigators or encouraging others to lie to investigators. Of those, 78 resigned or were terminated.

Among the names included in the statistics listed above are former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

If Hurtt is found guilty of breaking Bylaw 10.1, then he would likely face a show-cause penalty. If that happens, then Louisville will have three options: 1) Terminate Hurtt; 2) Keep Hurtt and face sanctions from the NCAA; 3) Fight the NCAA's ruling and risk facing the same result as option two.

Earlier on Wednesday, a source told WDRB that Hurtt says he has a strong defense and will aggressively seek to counter the charges against him. For the sake of his future at U of L, I hope that's the case.

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