Dan Hurley has reportedly reached an agreement to become the next men’s head basketball coach at UConn.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Hurley is signing a six-year deal with UConn. He turned down more money from Pitt.
BREAKING: Dan Hurley is headed to UConn, multiple sources told ESPN. Chose the Huskies over a more-lucrative offer from Pittsburgh, and also a long-term deal from URI. 6-year deal with UConn.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 22, 2018
Pitt had reportedly offered Hurley more than $3 million per year, but you could make the argument that UConn is the more prestigious job. It will also allow Hurley to remain closer to where he currently coaches at Rhode Island.
Hurley went 38-23 in two seasons at Wagner before moving to Rhode Island. He just completed his sixth season as head coach of the Rams and led them to the second round of the NCAA Tournament two years in a row.
The Connecticut Huskies have a coaching vacancy for only the second time in three decades, and they may look to the coach of a nearby school to fill it.
According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, the Huskies are expected to take a look at Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley to replace Kevin Ollie, who was fired Saturday morning.
The Huskies will have competition if they decide that Hurley is their man, as the Pittsburgh Panthers are also expected to target the Rhode Island coach.
Despite their lack of recent success since their 2014 national title, the UConn job is a prestigious one. It wasn’t long ago that Ollie was being linked to the NBA, after all, so it should be a highly sought-after position. Hurley is headed for back-to-back tournament appearances with Rhode Island, so he has some experience, albeit not at such a high level.
The University of Connecticut says it has no intention of rejoining the Big East Conference.
On Wednesday, a report from FanRag Sports claimed UConn has been having active discussions with the Big East about joining the conference. The Big East is supposedly willing to take UConn in all sports, though something would need to be done about the Huskies’ football team because the Big East no longer has football.
UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement Wednesday evening that all of that is a moot point, because he claims the Huskies have no interest in leaving the American Athletic conference.
— Paul Doyle (@PaulDoyle1) February 15, 2017
The report from FanRag says the Big East wants UConn to join so the conference can move to 20 league games in basketball, which would help improve the resumes of its teams and give them a better shot at earning NCAA Tournament bids over other power-five teams.
It’s hard to tell whether Benedict’s statement is rooted in truth, as UConn probably would not want the AAC to know it was considering leaving in case any potential deal with the Big East fell through. UConn won a national title in men’s basketball in 2014, but they have since struggled and are an incredibly disappointing 12-12 this season after being ranked in the top 25 heading into the year.
We all know one team from UConn every conference would love to have, but that goes without saying. If the Huskies join the Big East and can play against tougher competition, men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie could see a boost in recruiting this summer.
The University of Connecticut could be returning, in a sense, to the Big East.
According to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, UConn and the Big East are in active discussions regarding a move for the school, with the conference willing to take UConn on in all sports. In fact, the only holdup is the fact that the Big East does not have football, and thus a solution must be found as to who would take on the Huskies’ football team.
“The Big East would take UConn in everything, but they need to resolve what they’re going to do with football,” a source told Rothstein. “That’s the only thing that’s standing in the way of a marriage.”
One reason for the Big East’s interest is that adding UConn could enable the conference to move to 20 league basketball games.
“If the Big East expanded to 20 games with UConn as a member, it would help offset other power-five programs being in position to get more of the NCAA bids,” a source said. “It would provide an opportunity for the teams in the league to get more games that matter and more games that can help their overall resume.”
UConn won the men’s national championship in their first year in the AAC in 2014 and they have a committed foundation in place, but the conference hasn’t really flourished and the Huskies have struggled to remain on the big stage. The hope is a move to a new and improved Big East would help propel them back to the relevance they had under former coach Jim Calhoun.
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The University of Connecticut has an undergraduate enrollment of around 17,000 people. After the men’s basketball team defeated Kentucky to win a national championship on Monday night, all 17,000 and then some flooded the streets of Storrs and wreaked havoc.
All of the standard riot behavior was covered. There were flipped cars, fires, dudes climbing light posts, and plenty of broken glass. Here are some photos and videos from the night of madness.
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UConn was stellar from the free throw line in their National Championship Game win over Kentucky on Monday night, which followed a record-setting pattern established by the Huskies during their March Madness run.
UConn beat Kentucky 60-54 and went 10-of-10 on free throws in the game. Kentucky, on the other hand, was 13-of-24. The difference between the two teams’ success at the line could be the exact reason why UConn won while Kentucky lost.
But this is exactly what UConn has done all tournament.
The Huskies went 21-for-22 at the line in the regional final against Michigan State to earn a berth to the Final Four. They were 10-of-13 at the line in the Final Four against Florida to earn a trip to the championship game.
According to CBS Sports’ Tony Moss, UConn went 101-115 (87.8%) from the line during the tournament, which broke the record of 87.0% (47-54) by St. John’s in 1969.
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A lot of stuff is going to get broken when the final whistle sounds in the NCAA men’s national championship game on Monday night. Both UConn and Kentucky are massive universities that love their basketball, and we know what rowdy college kids do when their team wins or loses a huge game. One resident assistant from UConn is not going to have any of that nonsense in his house.
In anticipation of the big game, a UConn RA named Derek sent the letter you see above to the students who live on his floor telling them he is not going to tolerate any type of excessive celebrating. He also basically called everyone bandwagon fans and said the only reason they care about the game is because the uniforms say UConn or they want an excuse to party.
“If it’s the first one, you’re cheering for laundry,” Derek wrote. “If it’s the second one, be as far away from me as possible tonight.”
In other words, no one can possibly actually care about their school’s basketball team because they like basketball and want to see their team win. Derek just doesn’t see that as a realistic scenario.
As you might expect, the Twitter world has already labeled Derek the worst RA in America. When I went to UConn the North Campus dorms were dry, and none of our RA’s were that douchey with their emails. There are countless other ways he could have gone about it. Derek later sent another email to students clarifying the original letter, which Barstool Sports passed along.