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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?

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Carolina Hires Butler; Gives Lil’ Spurrier New Duties

While former Minnesota defensive line coach Tim Cross is interviewing at Auburn, another former Gopher aide is already signed, sealed and delivered to the SEC.

South Carolina has hired John Butler (left) to take over as the Gamecocks’ special teams coordinator, replacing Shane Beamer (who left to join his father’s staff at Virginia Tech earlier this month).  Butler served as Minnesota’s special teams coordinator and linebackers coach from 2007 through last season. 

Butler has also coached at Harvard and several small colleges.

The recruiting coordinator job — also left vacant by Beamer’s departure — will be filled by Steve Spurrier Jr.  Many had expected Jay Graham or GA Mangus to grab those duties, but they’ll go to the head coach’s son instead.

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Auburn Interviewing D-Line Candidates

The search for Auburn’s next defensive line coach is kicking into gear today as multiple reports have Louisville’s Clint Hurtt on campus for an interview today.

Hurtt served as Charlie Strong’s D-line coach and recruiting coordinator last season after moving from Miami the season before.  His 2008 recruiting class at Coral Gables was ranked #1 in the nation (though it’s yet to actually play like it).

Hurtt was also just named ESPN’s National Recruiter of the Year.  Considering the recruiting success Auburn has had the past two years, Hurtt would seem to be a perfect fit.

If he’s not, there’s always Tim Cross.  Cross spent the past four years as the defensive line coach at Minnesota before the staff was fired at the end of last season.  He has also coached at Syracuse.  And he is believed to be next up on Gene Chizik’s interview list.

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