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D-Line Coach Hurtt Chooses The ‘Ville Over The Plains

Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt — ESPN’s National Recruiter of the Year this year — will be staying at Louisville and not joining Auburn’s coaching staff.

“Big news!! The big hurtt is staying with the cardinals,” tweeted U of L coach Charlie Strong today.  Hurtt took part in a much-publicized interview session with Auburn yesterday.

Auburn is looking for a replacement for former D-line coach Tracy Rocker who left AU for a job with the Tennessee Titans.  Former Minnesota assistant Tim Cross is expected to meet with Gene Chizik in the near future, if he hasn’t already.

When Rocker left, we suggested that finding a replacement might be a tad tougher than expected due to the NCAA’s ongoing look-see into the Tiger program.  Now maybe Hurtt and Chizik didn’t hit it off or maybe an offer was never made or maybe we’re just adding 2 + 2 and coming up with five… but one does have to wonder why a coach at Louisville would turn down the opportunity (if it was offered) to move to Auburn, the home of the defending national champs.  Doesn’t one?

 


7 comments
Moose
Moose

It seems to me that the Tennessee homers would be more concerned about what's going on with the NCAA in their own program, than continuing to hammer on Auburn who has been found guilty of .... well, nothing.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Moose...

And it seems to me that any imbecile who could read could tell that this post wasn't anti-Auburn. It was a post suggesting that coaches might be leery of walking into a program that's the focus of so many rumors and allegations -- whether they're true or not.

Do you not think that assistants are asking those questions?

And where were you when Alabama fans were calling me an Auburn homer? I don't recall reading your childish, whiny, boo-hooing when I've written that NO PROOF has ever shown that anyone at AU paid a dime to Cam Newton.

As for being a Tennessee homer because I happen to live in Tennessee... please go to the stories I've written about UT and tell all the Vol fans who call me a "hater" that I'm actually a homer. There are comment boxes there, too. Explain my homerism to those who say I'm always a hater. And I'll send those folks over here to tell you there side of it.

Bias is in your head, Moose, not mine.

By the way, since I'm a Tennessee fan because I live in Tennessee, I must've also been a Kentucky fan when I lived in Kentucky and an Ohio State fan when I lived in Ohio. But who did I pull for when I lived in North Carolina? Duke, UNC, NC State... Wake, maybe? You tell me. 'Cause if it's all about geography, my time in Carolina must've been pretty confusing for me.

John
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Mr. Freddy
Mr. Freddy

The "feeling" around AU may have changed and that of course depends on your perspective. Non-AU fans will look for any reason to justify their sworn-belief that AU cheated come hell or high water while AU fans to the opposite.

However, an NCAA investigator making one stop and a guy 5-6 years ago alleging he received improper benefits by a staff that's not there any more seems like a pretty weak basis to change anyone's feelings if they put serious thought into it.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Mr. Freddy...

If you're Coach X from Topeka and have no longstanding connection with Gene Chizik and have no inside knowledge of what Auburn's done or not done, are you telling me you wouldn't ask every question under the sun about all of the accusations that have been flying around?

Joining a staff is like speed-dating for some of these folks. You've got one face-to-face interview to decide whether or not you're going to make a move. If I were in that position, I'd be pretty cautious. And that's all I have suggested on this site... that it might not be as easy for this defending national champ to land a news coach as one might expect because candidates will be asking more questions.

Chizik and company have to do more selling than other coaches simply because of the news stories out there... whether those stories amount to anything or not.

John

Mr. Freddy
Mr. Freddy

Maybe he did, maybe he didn't. I don't know about you, but when I go on an initial job interview, I'd want to be careful about a line of questioning that makes a potential future employer feel like they're being accused of cheating and serious NCAA rules violations. It's not a smart marketing technique.

What would be smart is to talk to third parties who have some knowledge of the situation and that you can trust to attempt to find out what's going on. Then, if you get further along in the process (maybe a second interview/further talks), then you should feel more at liberty to ask questions like you mentioned.

In the end, it's all speculation because no one knows what went down behind closed doors (thank you Charlie Rich).

I enjoy the blog.

Mr. Freddy
Mr. Freddy

Now I know you were just wondering...but nevertheless I have to point out an inconsistency. You've pointed to current AU coaches choosing to stay at AU as evidence that there's no sinking ship. Now you point to a coach choosing to stay at Louisville and not come to Auburn as evidence that there may be a sinking ship because of the NCAA's investigation.

Which is it gonna be? Wouldn't the current AU coaches have a much better idea? Could it possibly be that there's another issue outside of Cam Newton? Not everything has to relate back to him ya know (notwithstanding the fact that it doesn't appear that the L'Ville coach was ever even offered the job)

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Mr. Freddy...

When Malzahn and Grimes decided to turn down big offers and stay at Auburn, I wrote that it's doubtful that any coaches on staff would stick around if they thought the NCAA hammer was about to drop.

For a new coach considering a move to Auburn, however, he doesn't have all the facts. He would be trusting the sales job of Chizik and crew. And since Malzahn and Grimes decided to stay, it's made national news that the NCAA has been to Thibodaux, Louisiana to ask questions about AU and that HBO is planning a piece in which an ex-Auburn player says he got paid.

No inconsistency there. The situations between coaches on staff (with knowledge of the program) and coaches not on staff (without knowledge of the program) are different. Malzahn and Grimes stayed because they probably think AU won't get hit with violations. It's POSSIBLE Hurtt stayed away because he's not so sure what's gone on at Auburn.

And throw in the new AU stories (Thibodaux, HBO) and it's clear the overall "feeling" around AU might have changed.

No inconsistency. Just an updated question based on new information.

Thanks for reading,
John

Oh... and no coach who's ever turned down a job has been "officially" offered the job. Trick of the trade. We'll never know whether or not Chizik offered Hurtt a contract or not, but it's par for the course for Louisville to say, "He's staying" and for Auburn to say, "We never asked him."



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