Posted: 8:31 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
By Mike Rutherford
Clint Hurtt spoke with reporters after practice Tuesday night to address the NCAA's announcement that it had levied a two-year show-cause penalty against him.
Here's his statement in full:
First things first, I want to apologize for these last two and-a-half to three years of all this ongoing investigation, apologize to the University of Miami for my involvement in this matter. Obviously, that's my alma mater and I love the university and I always will, and I'm always going to be forever grateful for my role in this. I apologize to the University of Louisville and our fans and everyone here who supports our program for the negative vibe that I brought here. At the same time I'm very thankful and appreciative to Tom Jurich and coach Strong and President Ramsey for their unwavering support throughout this entire process.
Although I'm not very happy about what the obvious outcome was, I do believe you should always be held accountable for your actions. There are things that obviously I have admitted to. I'm not going to go into great detail about that, but I admit the mistakes that I made and I definitely will take accountability for those actions, as I believe all people should.
I went out and I was truthful about what I said. Obviously there was some disagreement, and that's fine, but I was truthful from the get-go. I didn't change my story, didn't do anything of that matter. My whole purpose of going into this was to be truthful and get everything off my back. I know I've made mistakes, and I wasn't trying to hide anything, and I was willing to live with any repercussion that was going to come with it.
The decision that they made--I have to respect it, but that doesn't mean I have to like it, that doesn't mean I have to agree with it. But I accept all accountability for it, because that's what I believe in. I was wrong and I made mistakes, and I owned up to them.