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Report: UCONN's Top Target Is Danny 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's men's basketball program is currently searching for a head coach. Who are the Huskies going to hire?

A "top target" appears to have emerged in the search. It's not a surprising name.

It is a big one, though. It's Danny Hurley.

The beloved Rhode Island coach is the clear top choice for UCONN, according to a new report by Yahoo! Sports.

From the report:

UConn’s top target for its basketball job appears to be Rhode Island’s Danny Hurley. (Other names include former Indiana coach Tom Crean, St. Bonaventure’s Mark Schmidt, Nevada’s Eric Musselman and Vermont’s John Becker.) Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell’s buyout of $5 million makes him untenable. The only person who thinks Jim Calhoun’s return to UConn is real is Jim Calhoun, as he’s not being considered as a viable candidate by administrators.

The perception of the Connecticut job will be especially crucial for Hurley, who is expected to also be weighing interest from Pittsburgh. (And even more intriguing is which one will wait for him if No. 7 URI makes a run in the NCAAs, as opposed to hiring a coach like Crean who is immediately available.)

Hurley, the brother of Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley, is 111-81 as Rhode Island's head coach. He's led URI to a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament this year and has produced back-to-back 25-plus win seasons.

It'd probably be a tremendous hire for UCONN.

Hurley, though, is also believed to be a top candidate for the Pittsburgh job.

Which one is he going to choose? Or he is going to surprise everyone at just stay at Rhode Island?

Stay tuned...