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Just how bad does Charlie Strong need Clint Hurtt?

It is now being confirmed that Louisville Defensive Line coach/Recruiting Coordinator Clint Hurtt will be leaving Louisville for one year in the NFL and then joining his buddy Charlie Strong down in Texas. Big Clint was the main reason Louisville was getting so many high quality players from the South Florida/Miami area the last couple years and also personally recruited Teddy Bridgewater. Is it be fair to say that Charlie Strong would not have had as much success at Louisville the past 2 years if it weren't for Clint Hurtt? Yes, yes it is and here is why: In the class of 2011 Hurtt personally recruited Teddy Bridgewater, Terrell Floyd, Charles Gaines, Andrew Johnson, and Eli Rogers. In the class of 2012 he recruited Keith Brown, James Burgess Jr., Nacho Garcia, and Brandon Radcliffe. In 2013 he landed highly touted players such as Stacy Thomas, De'Asian Richardson, and Charles Williams. All of those players listed were rated as 4-stars or higher on at least one scouting service (exception of Floyd and Radcliffe) and most played or will play a fairly significant role on the team in the coming years. I DON'T think that any violations took place in any of these recruits' situations and that he was just taking advantage of what was going on at Miami but he sure did do a lot for the program in those years.

Another key fact to look at is that many have said that the only reason Strong did not accept the vacant Tennessee head coaching job a year ago was due to the fact that Tennessee would not allow Strong to bring along Hurtt with the allegations against him.

AD Tom Jurich was also criticized for keeping him on the staff (because Charlie wanted him) when he landed a 2-year show-cause penalty from the Miami scandal.

I don't blame him for wanting to follow Charlie given the opportunity presented to him and I guess the statement is true that everything is bigger in Texas.

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