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URI, Hurley Update

Sunday, March 18, 2012


We still have no official word on Danny Hurley coming to the University of Rhode Island to become the new men’s basketball coach, but that word could be coming very soon within the next 24-48 hours.

As we reported Friday here on GoLocalProv.com, Hurley is going to be the new men’s basketball coach at URI and we stand by that story.

Sources close to both Hurley and the school confirmed that the two sides discussed the parameters of the deal and that an agreement had been reached for Hurley to leave Wagner to come to URI. As part of the deal, sources said that Hurley’s total compensation could be worth as much as $735,000 annually with a base salary somewhat lower than that figure.

URI athletic director Thorr Bjorn issued a statement Saturday according to the Providence Journal saying, “there is an erroneous and inaccurate report out there right now, and while we would rather not comment on random speculation, I feel it is important to point out that no decisions have been made regarding our men's basketball search. “  If it was a "press release" released by Bjorn and the school as the Journal claims, it was not well disseminated.  There was no sign of the statement on the school's official website http://www.gorhody.com and nor was any mention of it made on Bjorn's twitter account @thorrbjiorn.  And, as of the time this story was published, calls to the university and Bjorn had yet to be returned.

If Bjorn was referring to our story on Friday, we assume that he was doing so only because the school has yet to “officially” announce Hurley’s hiring.  However, as was reported in the story Friday, despite the lack of an official announcement, sources said that the two sides had both discussed and essentially agreed on the details of a new deal.

In addition, Hurley and his wife Andrea were reportedly on the URI campus in Kingston Friday. When schools go through the process of interviewing coaching candidates, they normally do not include the coach’s wife as part of the process. Generally, the wife and coach tour the campus only after an offer has been made and, in many cases, accepted which is what we believed to be the case here on Friday and still believe to be true.

Is Hurley getting cold feet about accepting the job or is he being advised to reconsider accepting it? Those are some rumors floating around out there which cannot be confirmed.  Although, if there were any truth to either of those, you would have to wonder why that would be the case?  Is it possible that better offers from higher profile schools could be coming?  Or, does Hurley and the people around him have questions about whether or not they can win at URI?  Who knows?

Another question many Ram fans have is whether or not Danny Hurley’s brother Bobby would come to URI to be on his staff. GoLocalProv.com is hearing that the former Duke star would likely remain on Staten Island to succeed his brother as head coach of the Seahawks.

But GoLocalProv.com stands by its story that Danny Hurley is, indeed, URI’s choice and that an official announcement could be coming very soon confirming that.


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great choice ...for 3 years max..then onto the Big East or ACC...these brothers are thinking big picture..BETTER CHOICE..Al Skinner...rebuild quicker than most, great rep, will recruit, proven winner,knows the terrain, knows the "politics" of URI, STABILITY...but new is apparently better

Comment #1 by louis rizzo on 2012 03 18

Sounds Promising

Comment #2 by Thomas Marcello on 2012 03 18


I respect that you're sticking to your guns on the story. I didn't realize the AD's comments weren't made readily available in a press release. I presume we'll know soon - one way or the other.

Comment #3 by Joey Martin on 2012 03 18


If they were made available in a press release, I did not receive it and it was not on the school's website. I am not sure if those comments were made only to the journal or if they were disseminated to other media outlets. None the less, that's the latest.

Comment #4 by Scott Cordischi on 2012 03 18

I still like Bruiser Flint. I love the way his teams at Drexel plays and would hope he could implement that at URI. I don't think he is that old and I just think he would be a better long term solution than Hurley, who I think would just use URI as a stepping stone job.

Comment #5 by Bobby Townsend on 2012 03 18


Just about everyone (with the possible exception of Al Skinner) would use URI as a stepping stone job. That's okay! It's a good problem to have. If a coach uses it to go to a bigger program, it will have meant the program was successful on his watch which is exactly what everyone wants.

Comment #6 by Scott Cordischi on 2012 03 18


Comment #7 by donkey boy on 2012 03 18

Lol! That's pretty funny Donkey Boy.

Comment #8 by Scott Cordischi on 2012 03 18

Based on your reports, sort of expecting the official word today or tomorrow... any idea on when the announcement will be made...?

Comment #9 by Aaron C on 2012 03 19


I will be updating the story in a few minutes.

Comment #10 by Scott Cordischi on 2012 03 19

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