LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rhode Island has targeted Wagner’s Dan Hurley to be its new basketball coach, but an online story suggesting Hurley has accepted the job is false, industry sources with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.
Hurley met with Rhode Island officials this past week at an off-campus location, but no deal has been struck.
The school is reportedly offering a multi-year deal worth more than $700,000 annually, significantly more than Wagner would seem to be able to match.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rhode Island officials met this week with Wagner head coach Dan Hurley and athletic director Thorr Bjorn is looking to end the search by the Final Four, industry sources told SNY.tv.
Hurley, 39, just completed his second season at the Staten Island school, turning around a program that went 5-26 two years ago and leading it to a 25-6 campaign.
Wagner lost in the Northeast Conference semifinals to Robert Morris and was not extended an NIT bid. The school declined opportunities to play in other postseason events. To read more of this story, click here
Two years ago, Dan Hurley was coaching in high school at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark.
Now he’s coaching a 25-win college team that is one victory from playing for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
“Now it’s just let it rip, man, go for it,” Hurley told SNY.tv after the No. 2-seeded Seahawks beat No. 7 Central Connecticut, 87-77, to move into the Northeast Conference semifinals against Robert Morris on Sunday at noon. “We’ve had an unbelievable year. We’re one game away from playing to be a part of March Madness so go out and let it rip.” To read more of this story, click here
There have been some wild game-winning shots down through the history of college basketball.
But watch this video of Wagner’s Kenny Ortiz last-second buzzer-beater from the left corner going off the top of the backboard and then through the net and decide if you’ve ever seen anything like this.
Wagner coach Dan Hurley, who’s seen a few things in his basketball days, never had.
“It was the craziest ending to a game that I’ve ever seen,” Hurley told SNY.tv after his Seahawks stunned Santa Clara, 64-62, in the Championship Game of the 45th annual Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Cal.
“Kenny is a winner. He has made that shot at Branchbrook Park in Newark a thousand times.”
Ortiz’s shot set off a wild celebration and capped a 12-rebound, eight-point, four-assist performance that earned him the Most Inspirational Player award.
Wagner coach Dan Hurley set up games this year against Big East foes UConn and Pitt in order to prepare his rising team for the Northeast Conference schedule and potential postseason battles to come.
Earlier this season, he wasn’t openly admitting his Seahawks could pull off either upset.
“We’re not delusional,” Hurley told SNY.tv before his team lost the UConn game. “We’re in Year 2 of rebuilding of what was when we took over one of the five to seven worst teams in the country out of the three hundred and fifty whatever.”
Wagner coach Dan Hurley is loading up for the future.
The Seahawks officially added former Michigan State guard Dwaun Anderson, and three other recruits for its 2012 class.
After signing an athletic grant-in-aid, the 6-foot-4 Anderson will be eligible to play in the spring of 2013 — unless he obtains a waiver — and figures to tear it up in the Northeast Conference.
The 2010-2011 Mr. Basketball in Michigan possesses a 40-inch vertical jump and was a National Top-100 recruit after averaging 20.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.9 blocks per game as a senior.
“We are excited to add a student-athlete of Dwaun’s caliber to the program,” Hurley said. “His athletic ability and skill set fit out style of play perfectly. He will step in and become a prolific scorer from day one.”
Wagner also added 6-8 forward Mike Aaman, 6-5 guard Eric Fanning and 6-3 guard Kameron Mitchell.
NEW YORK — Naofall Folahan says he’s ready for Andre Drummond.
Who’s Naofall Folahan, you may ask.
He’s the cheerful, optimistic 6-foot-11 sophomore center at Wagner College originally from the African Republic of Benin.
You can check him and his teammates out Monday night when they face Drummond and defending national champion UConn on SNY (7:30).
Dan Hurley’s upstart Wagner club should enter the game with some momentum after winning at Princeton, 73-57, Saturday to end the Tigers’ 16-game home winning streak. To read more of this story, click here