Hocutt responds to allegations

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt talked Thursday about allegations involving his former athletics program at the University of Miami.

"Our educational initiatives at Miami were as aggressive and proactive as anywhere in the country," Hocutt said to reporters at the Red Raider Club Kickoff. "If rules were broken, those who broke them, I'm confident, knew their actions were wrong."

This comes in response to a Yahoo! Sports report alleging Miami booster Nevin Shapiro provided extensive, illegal benefits to Hurricane football players from 2002-2010. Hocutt was Director of Athletics from 2008-2011 but denies any wrongdoing or knowledge of NCAA violations under his watch.

"[Shapiro] was a rogue booster, someone who was determined to go around the system, and that's unfortunate."

"You educate, you do all you can to enforce and monitor...and then when you're dealing with young people and human beings, people are going to make mistakes."

Like many Miami and former Miami administrators and coaches since the Yahoo! Sports article came out Wednesday, Hocutt says he will comply with NCAA investigators if questioned. However, the former Miami AD says he hasn't been approached by the NCAA while at Texas Tech and isn't at fault.

"I have personally nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of."

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