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UConn Is Reportedly "Close" To Hiring URI's Dan Hurley As Head Coach

A view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 31: A view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Loyola Ramblers 69-57. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UConn might be on the verge of hiring its successor for Kevin Ollie. They didn't have to look far.

According to a report from Hearst Media's Jeff Jacobs, UConn is close to hiring Rhode Island's Dan Hurley as head coach. Hurley just finished leading the Rams to the Atlantic 10 regular season title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Hurley's name has been mentioned prominently in conjunction with the UConn job since the school dismissed Ollie. He is known for his ability to turn programs around.

Hurley compiled a 112-82 record in his six seasons at URI, making two NCAA Tournament appearances and another stop in the NIT. He was 38-23 in two seasons at Wagner from 2010-12.

Hurley was the head coach of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. for nine years prior to becoming a college head coach. He is the son of legendary New Jersey high school coach Bob Hurley Sr. and the younger brother of former Duke star Bobby Hurley.

Dan Hurley 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.

We'll keep you posted on any further developments.