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URI's Dan Hurley 'close' to accepting UConn men's basketball job

Kyle DaLuz
March 19, 2018 - 6:04 pm

Rhode Island men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley appears to be moving on from Kingston.

After taking the Rams to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, the 2017-18 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year is reportedly set to become the next head coach of the University of Connecticut, according to Hearst Media CT’s Jeff Jacobs.

Hurley coached the 7th-seeded URI to the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, besting Oklahoma in a dramatic 83-78 overtime first round contest before falling 87-62 to No. 2 seed Duke. The Rams were regular season A-10 champions this season with a 15-3 conference record and 26-8 mark overall.

UConn announced on March 10 that it would be parting ways with coach Kevin Ollie after six seasons, citing "just cause." Ollie coached the Huskies to the 2014 National Championship but failed to reach the tournament in each of the least two seasons. The school has not publicly explained reasons for firing its coach. Ollie went 127-79 during his six-year tenure in Storrs.

Hurley helped revitalize the URI basketball program, taking the team to its first NCAA Tournament since 1998-99. He compiled a 113-82 record in his six seasons in Kingston.