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Three Former Miami Hurricane Coaches Facing Serious NCAA Charges

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The three people who may have the most to individually fear from the NCAA's investigation into the University of Miami are no longer with the school.

According to Associated Press sources, Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez have been accused by the NCAA of purposefully misleading the investigation and violating "principals of ethical conduct." Meanwhile, Frank Haith, perhaps the most high-profile coach caught up in the charges, merely faces a "failure to monitor" charge.

Hill was a wide receivers coach at Miami for three years before jumping ship to the University of Florida to join Will Muschamp's staff. He parted ways with the program however just days before the start of last season, and currently is without a coaching job.

Hurtt served as UM's defensive line coordinator for three season, but left for Louisville in 2009. He still remains on staff.

Fernandez was an assistant with the school's Basketball program under Frank Haith, but is now an assistant head coach at Marshall.

The AP says several other coaches were named in the NoA, including Frank Haith, who currently coaches Missouri basketball team. But only the three assistants are accused of breaking the NCAA's 10.1 ethical conduct contract.

This is the same rule that Ohio State's Jim Tressel was accused of breaking, and at the time Sports Illustrated looked at the fate of coaches who had been accused of the violation since 1989:

An SI.com study of the past 177 NCAA infractions cases involving violations of Bylaw 10.1 revealed that coaches accused of such violations rarely retain their jobs.

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Of the 177 cases, 172 involved coaches or athletic administrators accused of committing unethical conduct. Of those, 159 resigned or were terminated. Eighty-one cases involved coaches or athletics administrators accused of providing false or misleading information to NCAA investigators or encouraging others to lie to investigators. Of those, 78 resigned or were terminated.

Tressel of course ended up getting fired, and many believe that Hill's parting with UF had something to do with the looming investigation.

Coaches who are charged with a lesser charge like "failure to monitor" often have more secure fates so Haith might not have that much to worry about. For example Lane Kiffin caught a "failure to monitor" charge at Tennessee, but is currently siting pretty as head coach at USC.


Update: The Miami Herald reports that Jake Morton, a former basketball assistant now with Western Kentucky University, is also facing some serious charges but hasn't been hit by a 10.1 violation. 

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