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Report: Preston Murphy Leaving URI for Boston College

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Preston Murphy will leave his post as URI Associate Head Coach and join Jim Christian's staff at Boston College, according to multiple media reports.





Murphy was a key player at URI from 1995-1999.  He was an assistant at Boston College for 4 seasons under Al Skinner (2006-2010) before returning to Kingston as an assistant to Jim Baron.

Murphy proved to be a valuable member of the URI staff, especially in recruiting players from the Midwest and Detroit area.  He was elevated to Associate Head Coach by Dan Hurley on April 2nd.

Boston College is putting an increased emphasis on recruiting with the brand new staff in Chestnut Hill, and Murphy's ties to the Eagles' program and his proven track record at URI made him an attractive candidate.

Murphy's biggest recruiting coup at URI came last year when E.C. Matthews committed to URI out of Romulus High School in Michigan.  Matthews was named Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year in 2014, averaging 15.3 points per game.

While neither URI nor BC has formally announced anything yet, a tweet from recent URI signee Jarvis Garrett appears to be in relation to the news of Murphy's departure.  Garrett openly praised Murphy as one of the biggest reasons he chose URI.

URI did not immediately respond when reached for confirmation and comment.


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jump ship while you can, Preston.

Comment #1 by joe adamowicz on 2014 04 18

Can't blame Preston for leaving this sinking ship about to crash into the rocks under Catpn' Hurley. Bobby found the life boat first, now a URI guy jumps. Can't blame Preston, more money, prestige certainly, but no one will replace him as a recruiter. The next step is a full scale mutiny. Give the ole heave ho to Captn Dan and send this guy swimming back to the polluted waters of NJ. Time to start afresh.Maybe some assistant somewhere will want this job. Meanwhile it's 15 years and counting for that elusive NCAA berth which realistically won't be there for another 15 years and counting... Sad, sad, sad, state of affairs on the good ship Ram-land.

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Comment #3 by donkey boy on 2014 04 18

Lower expectations and footnote basketball. That's the key to understanding the plight of URI when coaches like Preston bail. When you think about the Pac 12 UCLA comes to mind, not Oregon State. The ACC? You're going to go with UNC not Clemson i.e footnote schools like URI. Schools where every once in a lifetime they "might" do something of note in the hoop world. The problem is everyone is expecting too much from Hurley. Cool it and lower your expectations. Fifteen years isn't really that long. We are not talking about an historic program. We don't have to think in terms of UNH which has NEVER made the NCAAs but think in terms of Fairfield or Southern Illinois.
So when a coach and former player like Preston jumps ship don't be surprised. Just think "lower you expectations" and everything's going to be all right.

Comment #4 by joe adamowicz on 2014 04 18

"Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
---- Vince Lombardi

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Comment #6 by donkey boy on 2014 04 19

I think Preston realized that URI will always have difficulty recruiting players is because of the remote location of Kingston. Boston is a world class city.

Comment #7 by joe adamowicz on 2014 04 21

And besides, who can blame him. More money, big city location, prestigious school, more opportunity for even more careen advancement. This is a no-brainer. Preston will one day be a head coach at a big time program. Looking back, he'll be thankful that one of his first pit stops was in Kingston. Players with potential big time coaching ability have to start some where, a high school, big tome program as a graduate assistant or remote and off the map like Kingston. Unfortunately, for Hurley the wheels are flying off faster than a team pushing the ball up
court against the Ram (non) defense. Losing his brother first and a top assistant will not be something a man who has poor x and o ability and even poorer recruiting ability will recover from.

Comment #8 by joe adamowicz on 2014 04 25

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