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Hurley To Rutgers?  Don’t Be Surprised.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

Fans of the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball program like what they see. Despite the team’s losing record and the fact that they will likely not be participating in the Atlantic Ten Tournament next month in Brooklyn, fans like what is going on with the program and, more importantly, who is in charge of it.

Dan Hurley

First year coach Dan Hurley has energized what had become an apathetic fan base shortly after his hire. With his ability to recruit top talent to Kingston to his aggressive style of coaching, Rhody fans are dreaming of a great future for their Rams which they believe will include an appearance in the coveted NCAA Tournament.

But despite all of that enthusiasm, there is also concern by many that Hurley may not be long for URI and that his tenure could be a ot shorter than anyone had anticipated.

As mostly everyone knows, URI is generally a stepping-stone program for coaches who excel in Kingston. Do well at URI and the chances are good that you will land a job in a major conference. Just ask Al Skinner and Jim Harrick who left for the Big East and SEC respectively in recent years. Before that, it was Tom Penders who left for the University of Texas.

For Hurley, many believed when he took the URI job last spring that it wasn’t a matter of “if” but rather “when” he would be on to bigger and better things.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is quite possible that Hurley could be one-and-done in Kingston.

You see, down in central New Jersey, there are two programs that may be looking for head coaches just about a month from now.

Kevin Willard

In South Orange, New Jersey, the word is that Kevin Willard may be safe for another year as the head coach of the Seton Hall Pirates. As of the time this column was published, Seton Hall was (13-15) overall and an abysmal (2-13) in the Big East Conference.

Now completing his third season at Hurley’s alma mater, Willard’s Pirates have finished 12th and 10th in the conference standings in each of his first two seasons. However, they are trending in the wrong direction this year and may finish anywhere from 13th to 15th place in the 15-team Big East.

But while Willard might be safe for another year a Seton Hall, the rumblings out of New Brunswick, New Jersey are that Mike Rice has one foot out the door and the other on a banana peel at Rutgers.

It’s not that Rice wants to leave the State University of New Jersey, but he will likely be asked to leave after a controversial-filled disappointing season.

In addition to being just (4-11) in the Big East, Rice was the center of controversy last December when the school suspended him for 3 games without pay and fined him an additional $50,000 after a university investigation revealed a pattern of abusive behavior and language towards his players.

Mike Rice

Many times a coach can survive a controversial suspension like the one Rice received or a bad season. But, when you combine the two it becomes almost impossible to survive.

Which brings us to Hurley.

If Rutgers or Seton Hall are looking for a new men’s basketball coach, many believe that Dan Hurley would be at the very top of their wish list.

Being a “Jersey guy,” the belief is that Hurley would be able to recruit the very best talent in the state and keep it within the state’s borders which would go a long way toward rebuilding either program.

The good people of New Jersey saw what he did a couple of years ago just over the Goethals Bridge at Wagner College in Staten Island where he led the Seahawks to 25 victories in just his second year at the helm.

Hurley also built St. Benedict’s (Newark, NJ) into one of the top high school programs in the country prior to that and his father Bob has been the long-time legendary coach of St. Anthony (Jersey City, NJ).

Regardless of the fact that URI will likely not reach double-digit wins in his first year at Rhode Island, the people in New Jersey know what Hurley can do which is why he would very likely be on their short list if and when either school searches for a new men’s basketball coach.

Would Hurley leave URI after only one season? In a New York, or should we say a New Jersey minute!

While some might argue that he would be turning his back on the transfers and recruits that he has brought into the URI program and not coming anywhere near to fulfilling his commitment to the school, such is life in the big business that is division one college basketball.

Coaches know that they are hired to be fired and, because of that, often take advantage of a great opportunity when one presents itself.

After all, Hurley left Wagner after only two years to take a step up in both competition and pay to come to URI. Why, then, wouldn’t he do the same if the opportunity afforded itself this spring? The answer is: he would!

And it would be tough to blame him.

Bobby Hurley

The question locally would be: what would URI athletic director Thorr Bjorn do if that scenario were to unfold? Would he open up a new coaching search for the second time in as many years or would he consider offering the job to assistant coach Bobby Hurley who is very well liked and respected down in Kingston?

And even if Bjorn were to offer the job to Danny Hurley, would he accept?

Wagner wanted him to take over for Dan last spring but Bobby wanted to come with his younger brother to Rhode Island. Would Bobby make the same decision this time around or decide to take a crack at being a head coach himself?

Despite the optimism for the future of URI basketball, there are many unanswered questions that are lurking in the not-so-distant future.

It could give new meaning to the phrase “March Madness” in Rhode Island.
 

 

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Comments:

All bullshit empty speculation, which I RESENT!
I'm sure Rutgers fans will jump for joy at getting an 8 win coach.
Funny, Dan told me Tuesday, "Who wants to watch Seton Hall and Depaul play?"
His memories of Rutgers, where he was an asisitant, and Seton Hall, where he played, are not very positive.
Keep stirring the shit, though.

Comment #1 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 26

Rod:

I am not trying to "stir the shit" as you suggest. I believe that this is a very real possibility. As far as Rutgers fans not being excited about hiring an 8-win coach, I think that people in Jersey know enough about his resume to understand that he is a great recruiter and coach. They also would likely understand that it is very difficult to turn around a bad situation in year 1. It took him 2 years at Wagner and may take 2 or 3 if he stays here. You may not agree with the story but don't question my motive for writing it!

Comment #2 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 26

The premise of the story is that I believe that Mike Rice will likely be let go by Rutgers and if that were to happen that Hurley could be high on their list and that he would strongly consider going back home if the job were offered to him. What the hell is wrong with that?
At no point did I say that Hurley IS leaving URI for Rutgers. Simply suggesting that there is a likely chain of events that could lead to it.

Comment #3 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 26

This is a shabby piece of journalism and is just further evidence that golocalprov.com is a site quickly gaining a reputation for trashy work. Unless one has some sound evidence to support a position, then why speculate on a subject at such an inappropriate time. It only serves to hurt many people and for what purpose - to brag that you got a scoop. Along with the rantings and presumptions of Travis Rowley on the political side, we know have this contamination spreading to sports.

Comment #4 by Charles D. on 2013 02 26

Let's hope that the Food Editors continue their good work and save the reputation of this news site.

Comment #5 by Charles D. on 2013 02 26

The story has merit . URI fans shouldn't be so thin skinned . The best they can hope for is kid brother stepping in , and he too will be gone as soon as he can move up . Get over it . It's the reality of big time sports . Don't blame the messenger .

Comment #6 by george grossi on 2013 02 26

Another good article Scott. You present a very plausible ("realistic" for the URI grads)scenario under which a change in venue for Coach Hurley could occur. It seems clear that the present Rutgers coach is on the thinnest of ice, holding an anchor. Your assumption that Willard gets a reprieve at Seton Hall also makes sense. I'm not certain why all the venom coming from the Kingston crew? RAM fans who honestly thought the brothers Hurley were here for an extended stay are unrealistic. As a college BB fan, I would be sorry to see them leave RI as it would only make the local scene much more interesting.
However, as Scott correctly points out, Coaches are hired to be fired and seldom feel any sense of long term commitment based upon that paradigm.

Comment #7 by Harold Stassen on 2013 02 26

Cut the baloney, PC fan. Who leaves after an 8 win season to coach at a BCS school?
A baseless story, founded on a conversation with someone who knows nothing.
If Rutgers goes after anyone, it will be for an established high profile coach.They already went "the hot young coach" route, and failed.
Gee, funny this pap comes out after PC gets back from Rutgers. I wonder who the "source" is on this crap? I have a good idea. He also writes for this group.
Good story? You probably think The Johnston Landfill smell good, too.

Comment #8 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 26

Rod , you need to relax . I feel the same way about Cooley . It's a GAME . not life and death here , geeez

Comment #9 by george grossi on 2013 02 26

@Rod C.:
Correction; I'm a college basketball fan! Having a competitive team at URI, (like PC, Brown, RIC & now Bryant) raises every college basketball fans interest, except possibly yours. Finally, based upon the vitriol in your posts, you have some real anger issues!

Comment #10 by Harold Stassen on 2013 02 26

Yes, I hate mindless garbage, like this article.

Comment #11 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 26

What isn't explained in this article is the fact that Rutgers is moving to the Big Ten. As a Michigan State fan, I can say that this year has been the best basketball I have seen in the conference since the early 2000's. Rutgers coming over with Maryland will make the conference deeper, but just by numbers. Neither of those teams will compete for a conference title and honestly Rutgers won't be in the upper half of the league for quite some time. Whether that has any effect on Hurley and his decision to basically start over again will be seen. Felt that was a big part left out in this article.

Comment #12 by Harry Schmidt on 2013 02 26

Harry:

I don't know where the move to the Big Ten is relevant to the story. Whether it was the Big East or the Big Ten, the Rutgers job would have been a step up from a mid major to a major conference, a bigger paycheck and an opportunity for a Jersey guy to go home. I didn't feel it was necessary to add that to the story. Even if they go to the big Ten, Hurley would still be able to recruit Jersey kids because of his connections and his father's legacy in the state. I do, however, agree that it will be tough for Rutgers to compete in the Big Ten just as it has been in the Big East. In 17 years in the BE, they have never had a winning record. To me, the Big Ten is making the conference weaker in basketball and football by adding Rutgers. They are only doing it to get into the NY/NJ media market to generate more TV revenue. It was a financial decision, not a competitive one.

Comment #13 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 26

"As mostly everyone knows, URI is generally a stepping-stone program for coaches who excel in Kingston. Do well at URI and the chances are good that you will land a job in a major conference. Just ask Al Skinner and Jim Harrick who left for the Big East and SEC respectively in recent years. Before that, it was Tom Penders who left for the University of Texas."
Not that I totally I agree with this statement but Hurley is from NJ and Rutgers is a great school that plays a very challenging schedule. You have to ask yourself are the teams Rutgers plays on level with the teams in the A-10, especially after this year when the league will more than likely be ravaged. I think there's a strong chance he goes home, where his heart is in the first place.

Comment #14 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 26

I'm so glad YOu know what's in Dan Hurley's heart.
Do you know The Unknown Soldier, too?
Oh, and Skinner left, because Ron Petro didn't offer him an extension, and meanwhile BC fired Jim O'Brien.URI never tried to
retain Skinner.
Harrick came back to URI, after he declared for Georgia, and got screwed by Petro, who took his offer off the table.
But, don't let the facts get in the way of a bad story.
So, how's Rick Pitino, Pete Gillen and Rick Barnes doing at PC? Oh wait! They left. Pot, meet kettle. But they left the Big East!
Amazing!

Comment #15 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 26

Actually Skinner might make an excellent replacement if Dan isn't offered the job.

Comment #16 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 26

Rod:

Nobody said that PC wasn't a stepping stone job either. It is, despite being in the once dominant Big East and will certainly be now that the Big East is blowing up. This infatuation with PC and the notion that anyone who calls URI a stepping stone job must be a Friar fan is ridiculous!

Comment #17 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 27

Sorry, Mr. Grossi, but you come across as a presumptuous person. No, I am not a URI fan. In fact, I am not a native Rhode Islander and have lived in this crappy state for only eight years. My objection here is not about sports at all, but about journalism or rather the lack of it. This article is the type of speculative thing you see on message boards of all kinds authored by anonymous people or identifiable people with no known affiliation. We can engage in speculation all we want, but when it comes to distinguished newsprint or reputable news blogs, pure speculation should be reined in. A good journalist knows exactly how and when to do that and those with a high degree of integrity would only launch a story like this based on some credible evidence. I have lived in several other states and can recognize good journalism when I see it. Have you? This article does not meet that test. And so I stand by this criticism of Mr. Cordischi now and even if this story eventually turns out to be true.Sorry, Mr. Grossi, but you come across as a presumptuous person. No, I am not a URI fan. In fact, I am not a native Rhode Islander and have lived in this crappy state for only eight years. My objection here is not about sports at all, but about journalism or rather the lack of it. This article is the type of speculative thing you see on message boards of all kinds authored by anonymous people or identifiable people with no known affiliation. We can engage in speculation all we want, but when it comes to distinguished newsprint or reputable news blogs, pure speculation should be reined in. A good journalist knows exactly how and when to do that and those with a high degree of integrity would only launch a story like this based on some credible evidence. I have lived in several other states and can recognize good journalism when I see it. Have you? This article does not meet that test. And so I stand by this criticism of Mr. Cordischi now and even if this story eventually turns out to be true.

Comment #18 by Charles D. on 2013 02 27

Let's all bow down to Charles, the editor of the NY Times I presume!

Comment #19 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 27

Wow! What an incredible snarky retort. My advice to you, Mr. Cordischi, if you can’t take the heat, you better get out of the kitchen. It comes as no surprise that instead of responding in a thoughtful way to my comments, you engage in childish name calling.

Comment #20 by Charles D. on 2013 02 27

Ah yes Sir Charles , yet another example of people expressing their opinions on "anonymous message boards. " Quite ironic isn't it ... Charles D? Quite a peculiar last name " D " . I'm far from a Scott apologist , its called a first amendment opinion , Mr " D , " best regards , GEORGE GROSSI

Comment #21 by george grossi on 2013 02 27

Scott, I wasn't directing my 7:11 remarks at you. They were in response to Joe's post.
I thought Charles' comments were very thoughtful and non biased.
I think he deserved a better response.It was a poor article. Own it.

Comment #22 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 27

There is nothing "poor" about the article. People are oversensitive, period. Scott, I believe there is an excellent chance Rice will get the boot; Rutgers is a top, top school academically and plays top level basket. Hurley is from NJ, went to school there and just last year was rated an "up an coming coach" who was much sought after. He hasn't enjoyed success this year but why wouldn't he be interested in climbing the ladder, reaching for that brass ring?

Comment #23 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 27

Mr. Grossi, I don’t get your connection. I said anonymous people who speculate with the emphasis on the word “speculate”. I may use D, but I am not speculating on anything and, unlike Mr. Cordischi, I certainly would never speculate in a publication, print or electronic, without at least some credible evidence to support it. Speculation is one thing, offering an opinion is something quite different. I suggest you learn the difference.

Comment #24 by Charles D. on 2013 02 27

Rutger is the bloated State University of New jersey, and there's nothing "top, top" anything about it. Everybody in NJ gets in.

Comment #25 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 27

And Mr. Adamowicz, you make a point I can agree with, but you are responding to the wrong objection. The issue at this very moment is not whether the story is logical or makes sense - it is believable - but the criticism is the timing and the lack of concrete evidence to support the contention. It is that lack of evidence that turns this article into pure speculation. And Cordischi is not just a beat sports reporter, he is the Sports Editor of this website. The Sport Editor, for crying out loud. To play back Cordischi’s condescending remark, do you think that Tom Jolly, the Sports Editor of the New York Times would pen such a speculative piece??

Comment #26 by Charles D. on 2013 02 27

Rod:

You are correct in that some of Charles comments are very well articulated and well thought out. However, there also appears to be a condescending tone to them as well. "I recognize good journalism when I see it.....and this article does not meet the test." Just like I am on the radio, on this site I am a columnist and, as such, paid to give my opinion. I have no problem when people disagree with my opinion, but to question my motives is uncalled for. I believe I am a very fair journalist. This piece is nothing more than my opinion on a chain of events that I BELIEVE could very well happen. There was no malice involved when writing this story. I am a big fan of Dan Hurley and URI hoops and would like nothing more than to see him here next year and beyond. But, I am simply throwing out a scenario that most should be able to relate to. If you're making $600K and working out of state and get an offer for double that amount to come back home and work, what would you do? Most of us would jump at that opportunity. It may never present itself, but I BELIEVE that it is a possibility.
I also take offense to Charles referring to RI as a "crappy state." However. that's his opinion and he's entitled to it.

Comment #27 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 27

Scott:

Only mentioned the move because while it is a no-brainer financially for Rutgers, it essentially took them out of a decent situation competitively in the "new" Big East. While it is still a fluid situation and nothing is definite, you have to think Rutgers would have stood a better and more competitive chance in basketball with Syracuse, Notre Dame, Pitt, etc. leaving and adding the likes of SMU, Houston, Central Florida and Tulane right? I think its inevitable Hurley leaves eventually but I only thought it was relevant because of how stacked the Big Ten is and how depleted the new Big East may be.

He clearly has a legacy and following opening up in Jersey, but I just don't see Rutgers move to the Big Ten translating to wins at all in basketball, regardless of the coach.

Comment #28 by Harry Schmidt on 2013 02 27

Harry:

Point well taken. As a Syracuse alumnus, I am disappointed in my alma mater leaving the Big East and feel that they would be a much better fit in the Big Ten than they are in the ACC.

Comment #29 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 27

bloated State University of New jersey? Really, I think it's viewed as a pretty competitive school, one certainly comparable to URI. In any event, in my opinion, the job would be a step up for hurley, and a definite step up in competition.

Comment #30 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 27

Rod:

When you see my name on the byline, I do own it.

Comment #31 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 27

Hurley is supposedly making in the neighborhood of $600K with his total package here. A soon-to-be Big Ten school will offer at least $1 million per. It's more money, it's a better conference. However, whether it is a better job is up for debate. Winning in the Big Ten there won't be easy as it hasn't been for the Scarlet knights in the Big East. There is a much better recruiting base as far as HS hoops is concerned in NJ/NY than there is in RI

Comment #32 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 27

I agree with the Syracuse comment Scott. It will be crazy not to see UConn and Syracuse playing at MSG in March. Also, with Seton Hall going with the Catholic 7 schools, do you see it possible that after next season (Kevin Willard being on even thinner ice) Hurley waiting it out and going back to his alma mater? Remains to be seen what the conference will look like as they need to add more schools, but I can see that as a logical move for him as well.

Comment #33 by Harry Schmidt on 2013 02 27

.
Who recruits in Rhode Island? URI never has.
Our best recruiting base is Michigan, where Preston Murphy is close to some big AAU programs. It's produced top 100 reecruit EC Matthews, last year top 100 Jordan Hare and TJ Buchanan.
Iyfeanyi Onyekaba is from Nigeria, by way of Virginia.
Biggie Minnis is from Philly. Yes, Hurley has brought in his Jersey guys.
Alwayne Bigby came here from Northeatern, and is from Canada.
At St. Benedicts, Hurley mined his Toronto, Canada connection.
So, maybe before anyone assumes URI's recruiting depends on any one area, they should do some research?

Comment #34 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 27

Sorry Mr. Cordischi, but I repeat what I said earlier - pure seculation and opinions are two different things.

You presented no evidence for your article at all and your speculation is what any person on any message board could say. I expect more from a news site like this. And, yes, given the timing of your speculation, I continue to question your motives. For the life of me, I cannot imagine what those are and please note that I am making no speculation on that.

BTW, in my haste I misspoke on the "crappy" reference, I meant to say the journalism in this state is "crappy" and that IS my opinion

Comment #35 by Charles D. on 2013 02 27

Harry: That would certainly be logical.

Rod: As usual, you go to extremes to make a point. I understand that RI recruits players from out of state. However, many coaches will tell you it is easier to coach a college program in a state with a solid recruiting base.

Charles: A columnist is paid to give his or her opinion. It is my opinion that Rice is on thin ice at Rutger. It is my opinion that Hurley is an extremely well-known and well-respected basketball coach in the state of New Jersey. It is my opinion, that if the Rutgers job opened up that he could be on their list of prospective candidates. It is also my opinion that a Jersey guy like him would strongly consider taking that job if offered because it would be in a better conference, for more money and in his home state. How can I be any clearer with my opinions? Not once did I say that this was definitely going to happen. I only put it out there as a possibility. If that bothers you from a journalistic standpoint or URI fans like Rod, I apologize but it is what it is.

Comment #36 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 02 27

"It is my opinion that Rice is on thin ice at Rutgers. It is my opinion that Hurley is an extremely well-known and well-respected basketball coach in the state of New Jersey. It is my opinion, that if the Rutgers job opened up that he could be on their list of prospective candidates. It is also my opinion that a Jersey guy like him would strongly consider taking that job if offered because it would be in a better conference, for more money and in his home state. How can I be any clearer with my opinions?"

Spot on Scott, that's the way I view it, too. Why wouldn't Hurley jump at the opportunity. With all due respect to URI, we are talking about familiarity, opportunity and a huge step up for this Jersey guy, it seems pretty much a no-brainer to me.

Comment #37 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 27

are some of you serious aka Rod? anyone who can escape this hell-hole will run away. Hurley is a "state employee" ..that says it all..he loses something each year contractually..as do all state servants...Rod still cannot accept Lamar's bolting the "university"..and Cooley will do the same..as far as Cordischi, he does what he does & well..he certainly produced some URI passion..didn't he? embrace reality

Comment #38 by frank bentley on 2013 02 27

Can't wait to watch all those exciting URI - Fordham games after the quality A 10 teams bolt to join the Catholic 7

Comment #39 by george grossi on 2013 02 27

I'm sure Hurley is pining to go to Rutgers, the graveyard of coaches, and the shit you scrape off your shoes in basketball.
He had such bad memories of his time as an assitant at Rutgers, that he stayed a high school coach for NINE years.
But you beauties know it all.
This Bentley claims he actually knows what's in Hurley's contract!
URI is a hell hole? Bet this guy's never even set foot on campus, let alone the Ryan Center.
Can't wait for those big Seton Hall-Depaul matchups in the Holy 7.I'm sure there's a huge national audience dying to see that garbage.
For the peop[le with zero knowledge of history, the A-10 has lost West Virginia, Pitt, Villanova, VA Tech, and Penn State. Gee, did they survive?
Guess what? They did, and they will continue to survive.
Did Shaka Smart, Mark Few, or Brad Stevens jump for big money jobs? NO! Guess what? They all coach in the A-10. Got it?

Comment #40 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 27

Mr. Cordischi, I really am at a loss to articulate the difference between opinion and speculation. They are different, but for you the two are seamless as the title of your article indicates - Hurley to Rutgers? Don't be Surprised. The first part is a question. The second, an answer.

Also, it is not necessary for you and your defenders to keep repeating the same thing over and over. Understand what my criticism is all about. I did not question the logic or believability of what you wrote, my criticism of your article is its lack of any concrete evidence or happening and the poor timing given the season has yet to run its course. It is these aspects that turns this speculation. I’m OK with speculation on a message forum, but not from the Sports Editor on a internet news site. You now confuse insight with gossip.

I’m sure you wouldn’t like it if I engaged in a similar approach by speculating on the motives you have in putting out this story. No, I stand by my strong criticism of your tabloid type piece.

P.S. to Mr. Grossi: What's your motive behind your last comments so off the subject. Why the cheapshot.

Comment #41 by Charles D. on 2013 02 27

Is it just me or does Dan Hurley's suit seem a tad bit short (tight) in the picture????

Comment #42 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 27

At least the guy is in shape and doesn't wear his pajamas on his show,
like your hero does.

Comment #43 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 27

Rod:

I am with you on Hurley. I do think inevitably he will leave, but not until he turns Rhody around. I can see this team being named on Selection Sunday by his third year. That being said, the demand for him from power conferences is going to go through the roof. I think a perfect example of this are the coaches that have come and gone through Xavier. Starting with Skip Prosser (passed away much too soon) going to Wake Forest, Thad Matta going to Ohio State, and Sean Miller going to Arizona, it's not a matter of if but when he bolts Kingston. Money talked for these guys, but also national recognition as well. He's not leaving after this season, but I do believe it's only a matter of time once the Rams are back on the map.

Comment #44 by Harry Schmidt on 2013 02 27

Harry, you said "I do think inevitably he will leave, but not until he turns Rhody around." That's like trying to 360 a tractor trailer rig out of narrow alley way on a busy city boulevard. I just don't see it happening soon. Hurley needs to take advantage of the op and bolt now.
Scott, ex-PC coach Keno Davis ...another chance? I know people are down on him but he was not "National Coach of the Year" for nothing.

Comment #45 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 27

Joe, not sure if you saw below but I said by year 3 I can see them sniffing the tournament. That's turning an awful situation left by a coach who couldn't ever get it done into a pretty decent one in my opinion. Keep in mind, that's in 2015. If the odd chance that a power conference does offer Hurley a deal (with zero tournament games under his belt mind you), then consider me shocked. He turned around a low major team in Wagner but didn't win the conference. I just feel he has to do it at a mid-major level before anyone can seriously feel confident in him. Mike Rice went to 2 tournaments at the very least with Robert Morris. The example I gave with Xavier furthers my point because each of those 3 coaches made the tournament and also advanced in it. Maybe I've been spoiled all these years with Tom Izzo running my team, but a good amount of successful power conference teams (I'm talking Sweet 16 and better) that have made a coaching switch has hired a guy with previous tournament success and experience.

Comment #46 by Harry Schmidt on 2013 02 27

Harry, I don't know about the sniffing in 2015. We've had a runny nose for how long now? 13, 14, 15 years?
I think you've lost track because there is plenty to follow when it comes to Michigan State. In any event, I wish coach Hurley nothing but best when he leaves and believe if that opp becomes available this year he's gone. Just to let you know, I think letting Coach B go was a huge mistake. Before he left he said we were spoiled and looking back his words seem to be ringing true..

Comment #47 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 27

Wow! This is like shooting fish in a barrel. Do any of you people know squat about basketball, or are you just PC fans, mouthing off?
To the one who said Hurley will never turn things around.....
Do you know that the transfers are regularly beating the this years team by 30 points in scrimmages? Do you know even one of their names?
Or the Stud freshmen coming in? Have you ever even set foot on the URI campus, let alone the Ryan Center?
Now to the dolt who said firing Mr, Excuse Train Baron, was a mistake.
Do you know he left URI facing academic NCAA probation, with the thugs and dummies he recruited?
Did you know Hurley has brought in an award winning academic advisor to help remedy this?
Did you know one of Baron's thugs was working as a bouncer and a bartender, in violation of NCAA rules?
Did you know he recruited people with an attempted murder charge, another with 4 counts of first degree rape, another for theft and filming himself having sex and posting it online?
No, you know ZERO!
How about Baron on the court? Losingest coach in URI history. Three 20 loss seasons. Sure he had some 20 win seasons agianst cupcakes. Never beat a top 25 team in 11 years! No NCAA. Only coach wiht over four years tenure at URI since 1960 not to go to the NCAAs.
Escuses? Never pnce blamed himself. Blames the player's high school coaches, travel schedule, weather, and yes, even the basketballs at Lasalle.
So, before you beauties mout off, learn something first, then talk!

Comment #48 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 27

Rod..u r consistent..in hoops & politics..AHOLE

Comment #49 by frank bentley on 2013 02 27

Best you can do, Bentley? How pathetic!

Comment #50 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 27

Wow, I never realized so much was going on under Baron's tenure. However, I still believe Hurley would jump at the chance to get back to NJ and I agree with Scott, it looks like he's headed in that direction. Besides, I for one am not confident that he is the man to "turn things" around. Sadly, it seems every program talks about next year, recruits, etc. etc. But I say show me the wins, baby, and 8 ..... well it's simply just not enough.

Comment #51 by joe adamowicz on 2013 02 28

Rod: Do you think once Hurley turns things around here (and yes I believe he will eventually), that he'll honestly consider staying with higher paying and higher prestige positions out there in say 5 years? Not being hostile, just want an honest answer.

Comment #52 by Harry Schmidt on 2013 02 28

Harry, that's a pretty reasonable possibility.
History of URI and PC shows us that it happens.
Guys like Mark Few, Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens are the
exception, not the rule.
I just don't think it's plausable after an 8 win season.
Joe, you know jack shit about URI, so stop acting like you do.
"looks like he's heading in that direction", based on WHAT?
You know the man? You know what he thinks?
More bull flying on this thread than immaginable.
The uniformed, commenting as if they actually have a clue.

Comment #53 by Rod Carri on 2013 02 28

Rod & Charles:

Since you two are the ones who are most upset with me and my decision to write this speculative column, I thought you might want to check out today's (Friday) NY Daily News.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports

Well-respected sports columnist Gary Myers writes a similar speculative piece and on the website, the headline is: "Darrelle Revis To The Patriots? It Could Happen Says Our Gary Myers."

Rod, is this "rubbish" as you suggest my column is?

Charles, is this a "shabby piece of journalism" as you suggest that my column is?

Just wondering?????

Comment #54 by Scott Cordischi on 2013 03 01

Hey Scott - I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your story just got blown up.

http://www.nj.com/rutgersbasketball/index.ssf/2013/03/rutgers_ad_tim_pernetti_mike_r.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Comment #55 by donkey boy on 2013 03 11




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