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After an apparent bidding war among at least three schools, Dan Hurley has agreed to become the next men’s head basketball coach at UConn, the school confirmed Thursday.
Hurley and the Huskies agreed to a six-year contract that will pay the former Rhode Island coach $2.75 million in his first season, according to a press release.
ESPN reported that Hurley chose UConn despite a more lucrative offer from Pittsburgh, while Rhode Island also tried to sign him to a long-term extension.
“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 statement released by the school. “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, 45, posted a 113-82 overall record as the head coach at Rhode Island, including consecutive NCAA tournament appearances — and NCAA tournament wins. After upsetting No. 6 seed Creighton in the first round of last year’s tournament, Hurley’s squad squeaked past Oklahoma and presumptive first-round draft pick Trae Young in the first round this season. The Rams lost to Duke, 87-62, in the second round last weekend.
Hurley will replace Kevin Ollie, who was fired earlier this month. He is the son of Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley, and his brother, Bobby, is currently the head coach at Arizona State.