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Dan Hurley Suddenly Gives a Crap About UConn Job, Takes It

Dan Hurley Suddenly Gives a Crap About UConn Job, Takes It

The University of CT announced Thursday it has hired Hurley as it's men's basketball coach.

Dan Hurley finished with a 113-82 record during his time at Rhode Island.

He will be introduced at a news conference on Friday afternoon.

Hurley arrives at UConn with the responsibility of restoring the program to its former heights. "This program, which is part of one of the top public universities in the country, has a championship history and wonderful support from a passionate fan base. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family moving forward", said Bjorn.

It was just four years ago when UConn looked like it had the next big thing in the coaching world as Kevin Ollie led the program to a national championship in his second season in Storrs.

The University of CT has named former Rhode Island Coach Dan Hurley as the new Head Coach of the Men's Basketball team.

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Rhode Island, according to Goodman, did everything to keep Hurley by offering him an enormous deal. Ollie succeeded Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun and coached the Huskies for six seasons, winning a national title in 2014.

After a report Monday UConn was close to hiring Hurley, Pitt entered the mix with a reported contract offer worth more than $3 million per year.

Hurley brought URI to the forefront of college basketball the last two seasons. Additionally, the institution would build a basketball-only facility and allow the team to charter for away games, all while giving raises to the rest of the staff.

Rhode Island made quite the improvement under Hurley, from 8-21 in his first season to NCAA tournament wins in back-to-back seasons. Wagner won just five games the season before his 2010 arrival in Staten Island; two years later, the Seahawks went 25-6. There's also going to be a name-ID factor with the Hurley name that will help the program recruit outside of the Northeast. Terry Larrier has announced he will leave to turn pro, and Adams, the team's top player, has been noncommittal about whether he will return.

Hurley, the son of legendary New Jersey high school coach Bob Hurley Sr. and brother of Arizona State Coach Bobby Hurley, seems well suited to reverse the program's slide.