Rhode Island Targets Dan Hurley, But No Deal Yet

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.

Should Hurley opt to leave the Staten Island program, the school could offer the job to his older brother, Bobby, a current Wagner assistant.

Bobby Hurley, 40, led Duke to back-to-back NCAA championships in the early 1990s and has been touted as a potential head coach.

Danny 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.

The former coach at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, Hurley coached current pros J.R. Smith, Samardo Samuels and Tristan Thompson.

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