Bears hire Hurtt, penalized by the NCAA, to help coach D-line

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Clint Hurtt, who as a college assistant was penalized by the NCAA for providing impermissible recruiting benefits in the Nevin Shapiro scandal, was hired Saturday as the Bears’ assistant defensive line coach.

Michael Sinclair was fired after one season with the team.

Hurtt comes to the Bears after four years at Louisville, where he helped to recruit star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

In October, the NCAA found Hurtt gave free meals, transportation and lodging to recruits as a Miami assistant coach, and later gave the NCAA false information in the investigation of the booster Shapiro.

Despite receiving a two-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA, he kept his job at Louisville.

He lost his title of recruiting coordinator, had his salary frozen and served went on administrative leave from March to August 2013.

The former Miami defensive lineman started with the Hurricanes in 2001 as a volunteer strength coach, then served as a graduate assistant from 2003-04.

After one year at Florida International, he returned to coach Miami’s defensive line in 2006, adding the recruiting coordinator title in 2007. He joined Charlie Strong’s staff in 2010.

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