There goes the neighborhood. Dan Hurley leaving URI for UCONN is a devastating loss for the future direction of the Rhody Rams. After two straight NCAA Tournament appearances, one Atlantic 10 (A10) championship, and one A10 regular season title, Hurley’s time with the Rams is over. His contract with UCONN is reportedly a six-year deal. URI, who Hurley met with prior to signing with UCONN, wanted the program to increase its funding to include a higher salary for the assistants, a new practice facility, and chartered flights for away games. This hiring indicates to me that despite Hurley’s negotiating leverage, the school was either unwilling or unable to meet his requests.
It’s unclear what his departure means for the program in the immediate, players have yet to comment on whether or not they will transfer out of the program. URI commits, including highly rated prospects PF Jermaine Harris, PG Brendan Adams, SF Dana Tate, and SG Tyrese Martin have not yet indicated if they will elect to go to another program. Prior to Hurley’s departure, URI had the 30th ranked recruit class and the top-ranked class in the Atlantic 10. One thing is certain unless URI can hire a respected coach in the near future, the program may lose much of the momentum that Hurley was able to develop over the past two season.
UConn gains one of college basketball’s hottest coaches and a member of basketball royalty. Hurley’s father, Bob Hurley is a Hall of Famer and coached St. Anthony High School in Jersey City to a record 28 championships. His older brother, Bobby Hurley, now head coach of Arizona State University, played for Duke and was a former 1st round selection of the Sacramento Kings. With the addition of Hurley, UConn is now in a position in the American Athletic Conference to compete against the likes of Cinncinatti, Witchita State, and Houston. It may take a season or two of rebuilding, but Dan Hurley will undoubtedly attract elite-level recruits to his program