Louisville assistant coach Clint Hurtt has been implicated in a Yahoo! Sports report alleging widespread NCAA rules violations at the University of Miami.
Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster serving time in prison for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, alleges that Hurtt was the liaison between himself and recruits coming to visit Miami while Hurtt was an assistant there. Among the allegations Shapiro has made:
Shapiro told federal agents in taped interviews that twice he paid for Hurtt to bring large groups of Hurricanes football recruits to a Miami Beach restaurant for dinner.
He also told federal agents that he provided Hurt with an interest-fee loan of $5,000 -- one $2,500 cash payment and one $2,500 check. Yahoo! Sports has a canceled $2,500 check, corroborating the claim.
Shapiro also alleges Hurtt arranged to bring three Miami recruits -- Andre Debose, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye -- to Shapiro’s Miami Beach mansion for a recruiting pitch. Shapiro claims Hurtt was there during the visit.
Louisville has declined comment on the allegations. Hurtt is entering his second year with the Cardinals and coaches the defensive line and serves as recruiting coordinator. Hurtt was at Miami -- his alma matter -- from 2006-2009 and helped bring in some of the top recruiting classes in the nation.
He did the same for Louisville in 2011, and was named recruiter of the year by ESPN.com.