Go Local Prov: 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.
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.
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.
This article started off alright. It’s accurate to state that URI is a stepping-stone job in the men’s college basketball world. I am not naïve enough to think that if Hurley experiences early success here at URI, that once a big time program has an opening they won’t look to Hurley. Hell, there may be a school, who like URI did, that will oust their current coach to hire Hurley out of URI.
The author completely jumped the shark here later in the article talking about leaving the program after this year. Thinking that Seton Hall and Rutgers are attractive places to want to coach at is preposterous. Just because Hurley is from NJ, doesn’t mean his end game is to stay there forever. If the region meant that much to him, he wouldn’t have left Wagner to come to URI; instead staying and waiting for the Rutgers or Seton Hall jobs to open. I seriously doubt Hurley wants to leave URI to go to a program that is just as mediocre simply because it’s in his home state. Hurley has already established roots here at URI and will only look to leave once a prominent program comes calling. Hurley will be better served to rebuild URI and take them to the tournament within 3 years of coming here. That is the way to maximize the value of his coaching stock in the eyes of those great programs.
The most interesting part of the story is in the comments section of this article. Anybody who is frequents the URI message board “keaneyblue.com,” is undoubtedly familiar with Rod from Cranston. This fucking yahoo is quite the character. If you dare post anything negative about URI basketball or his binky, Dan Hurley, he unleashes an absolute tirade against you that makes you fear for your life. The guy is an absolute lunatic, just a straight-up whackadoo. Here is how he responded to an article talking about Hurley maybe leaving URI early…
10:23pm on Monday, February 25, 2013
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.
1:09pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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.
2:37pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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!
2:52pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Yes, I hate mindless garbage, like this article.
Holy shit, man. You need to settle the fuck down. Are you a fucking sociopath??? Just because you disagree with what the author says doesn’t mean you can act like a goddamned savage. If Scott Cordeschi goes missing, guess who Suspect #1 is going to be? Seriously, though, what the fuck is your deal? Are you off your meds? Are your meds out of balance? If you’re not on meds, maybe you should talk to your doctor about getting some.