UConn hires Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley has agreed to be the next head coach at UConn, the school confirmed Thursday morning.

Hurley, who accepted a six-year, $2.75 million deal with the Huskies, will reportedly bring assistant Tom Moore — who was an assistant under Jim Calhoun at UConn — with him.

“I am honored and excited to become the head coach of the UConn men’s basketball program and I would like to thank President Herbst and David Benedict for this tremendous opportunity,” Hurley said in a release.  “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 look forward to continuing this proud tradition.” 

Hurley took over the Rhode Island program six years ago, and has made the NCAA tournament the past two seasons. He was fielding other offers from Pittsburgh, and a long-term offer from Rhode Island that included a commitment to build a basketball-specific practice facility, staff salary increases and ability to charter for all away games.

UConn fired coach Kevin Ollie after going 14-18 this season and failing to make the NCAA tournament, which they’ve reached just once in the past four years.

Hurley is the son of legendary coach Bob Hurley Sr. and the brother of Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley.

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