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UConn Has Hired URI's Dan Hurley

UConn's mascot and cheerleaders during a timeout.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: The Connecticut Huskies cheerleaders and mascot perform during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

UConn basketball has made a major splash with its newest head coaching hire.

The Huskies have hired Rhode Island's Dan Hurley to replace Kevin Ollie, who was dismissed following this season. Hurley has spent the last six seasons at URI.

He led the Rams to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2018 Atlantic 10 regular season title, compiling an overall record of 112-82 in the process.

According to reports, Hurley has signed a six-year deal with the Huskies. It is worth more than $3 million per season. He also had a large offer on the table from Pitt.

Hurley is known for his ability to turn programs around. Prior to URI, he revamped a struggling Wagner program, taking the Seahawks from a 5-25 season under Mike Dean in 2009-10 to the doorstep of the NCAA Tournament two years later.

Hurley was 38-23 in two seasons at Wagner. Before taking the job there, he built St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J. into a national powerhouse over the course of nine seasons. Hurley coached a number of standouts with the Gray Bees, including current NBA players Tristan Thompson, Lance Thomas and J.R. Smith.

Hurley is the son of legendary New Jersey high school coach Bob Hurley Sr. and the younger brother of former Duke star Bobby Hurley. He was a fine player in his own right at Seton Hall from 1991-96, helping the Pirates reach two NCAA Tournaments and win the 1993 Big East Tournament.

Of course, UConn’s standing in college basketball has taken a hit since the Huskies won their last national title in 2014. Hurley could be the guy to get them going again, given his success at his prior two stops and his ability to recruit.