Bears add Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt to staff
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter January 25, 2014 7:08PM
Updated: February 27, 2014 6:55AM
Clint Hurtt, the college assistant whose role in the Miami booster scandal landed him a two-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA last fall, was named the Bears’ assistant defensive line coach Saturday.
A Louisville assistant the last four seasons, Hurtt replaces Michael Sinclair, who became the third Bears assistant fired this offseason.
The move was surprising. After firing linebackers coach Tim Tibesar and defensive line coach Mike Phair this month, the Bears said the rest of their staff was safe.
Hurtt will work closely with Paul Pasqualoni, the defensive line coach hired Thursday along with linebackers coach Reggie Herring, to try to fix the Bears’ historically bad defense. No team allowed more rushing yards or had fewer sacks than the Bears in 2013.
At Louisville, Hurtt coached a three-man defensive line, which could benefit the Bears if they move to a 3-4 or hybrid scheme.
Hurtt, 35, was penalized by the NCAA in October when it found he had committed violations during his time as a Miami assistant.
It found he gave free meals, transportation and lodging to recruits, then provided false information during an investigation of former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro.
Hurtt had his Louisville salary frozen and was put on administrative leave from March to August 2013, but he stayed with the Cardinals after the usually crippling show-cause ruling, which requires compliance updates to the NCAA. He was Louisville’s one holdover after Charlie Strong left for Texas this month.
The former Miami defensive lineman began his coaching career with the Hurricanes in 2001 as a volunteer strength coach, then served as a graduate assistant from 2003 to ’04.
He has coached the defensive line since. After one year at Florida International, he returned to Miami, adding the recruiting coordinator title a year later. Hurtt joined Louisville’s staff in 2010 as a defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator.