Hurley mulling coaching offers from UConn, Pittsburgh men's basketball programs

Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 16:41
Written by NIELL OSTROUT

JOURNAL INQUIRER

Danny Hurley has a big decision to make.

He could very well become the next UConn men’s basketball coach.

He could also opt to become the new head coach at the University of Pittsburgh.

Or, he could also choose to remain as the head coach at the University of Rhode Island.

All three choices are apparently on the 45-year-old coach’s mind, with the Huskies still the favorite but seemingly no longer the lock to land Hurley it appeared they once were.

Several sources indicated that Hurley was ready to make a decision Wednesday, though he had not announced any choice as of Wednesday morning.

Hurley met with UConn officials on Monday about its vacancy, walking away with an offer to take the job. One Providence-based media outlet went so far as to report that Hurley had accepted the job.

He also had contact with Pittsburgh’s athletic department on Monday, and according to fanragsports.com, came away with another option.

Hurley then discussed his future with his Rhode Island superiors on Tuesday, ostensibly to gauge their commitment to continue building the Rams’ program.

Pittsburgh’s offer, according to published reports, includes an annual salary of $3 million per year.

UConn’s offer, though the terms have not been as yet revealed, is likely to be in the same range. The recently fired Kevin Ollie was making approximately $3 million annually in total compensation and it’s likely the Huskies would offer Hurley a similar deal.

Rhode Island is unlikely to be able to match those two offer sheets financially, but has apparently promised Hurley an increased commitment to keep the program nationally relevant.

Hurley is 112-82 in six years at Rhode Island. His current salary is approximately $1.1 million per year, and he would owe the school a $1.5 million buyout should he leave the Rams for another Division I head coaching job now.

A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Hurley has experience playing and coaching against UConn. He was a point guard at Seton Hall in the mid-1990s, playing most of his career for head coach George Blaney, who would later become a UConn assistant. Hurley also spent two years as the head coach at Wagner, and took his Seahawks to Gampel Pavilion for a Nov. 14, 2011 game.

Ollie was fired by the Huskies March 10. The school says it dismissed the 2014 national champion “with cause” and is attempting to forgo paying Ollie the $10 million remaining on his contract. Ollie has appealed that decision with the help of the American Association of University Professors, and was scheduled to have a meeting with UConn Athletic Director David Benedict this week.



Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 16:41. Updated: Wednesday, 21 March 2018 16:43.