Strong addresses Miami Yahoo! report

Louisville coach Charlie Strong answered questions Monday about the recent Yahoo! report on the Miami football program, where assistant Clint Hurtt coached before joining Strong's staff.

Charlie Strong almost escaped his first press conference of the 2011 season without a question about the NCAA investigation into the Miami football program, where UofL staffer Clint Hurtt served as an assistant before joining Strong's staff.

Almost.

Then, after answering questions from the media for 14 minutes, Lachlan McLean, host of 84-WHAS' Sports Talk, asked Strong this question:

"Charlie, you said you weren't going to read the Yahoo! article," McLean said. "Are you aware of the specific accusations against Clint Hurtt - specific?"

"No, I'm not aware," Strong said. "What we try to do is just focus on this football team. I don't want to see anything happen to any program. I just know we have to take care of our program. With Clint's situation I just try to tell him to focus on right here until this NCAA investigation, until they come in…we don't know ourselves what (is going on)."

Strong said the NCAA has not spoken with Hurtt regarding the allegations levied against the Miami program by booster Nevin Shapiro that were published in the Yahoo! report.

"Our main focus is our football program," Strong said. "We don't talk about it. We're directing all of our attention on this program."

Strong said Hurtt's duties have not changed since the Yahoo! report was published and "they will not change."

Strong was asked if there were eligibility concerns stemming from the investigation into Miami with any Louisville players, specifically Teddy Bridgewater, who committed to the Hurricanes before enrolling at UofL.

"We're going to run a clean program here and that's not going to happen within our program," Strong said. "With Teddy, I don't know why that would ever become an issue."


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