On Saturday morning the Bears announced they have reached an agreement with Clint Hurtt to become the team's assistant defensive line coach. Michael Sinclair, who worked the same role for the Bears last season, was notified by the club that he won't be returning in 2014.
Hurtt has spent the last four years at the University of Louisville as a defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Hurtt helped lead Louisville to the top of most defensive categories in 2013. They ranked first in sacks (43), total defense (251.5 yards per game) and rushing defense (80.7 yards per game), they also finished second in scoring defense with 12.2 points per game. Under Hurtt, defensive end Marcus Smith led the nation with 14.5 sacks in 2013.
In Hurtt's 13 years of college football experience, he has spent time as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at the University of Miami (2001-02), graduate assistant at Miami (2003-04), defensive line coach at Florida International University (2005) and defensive line coach at Miami (2006-09).
Hurtt has worked with NFL defensive ends Greg Scruggs (Seahawks), Calais Campbell (Cardinals), Allen Bailey (Chiefs) and Antwan Barnes (Jets).
Hurtt joins defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni and linebackers coach Reggie Herring as new offseason hires on Mel Tucker's defensive staff.