Dan Hurley Signs Extension With URI And I Can’t Be Happier

Dan Hurley Signs

ProJo: The University of Rhode Island and head coach Dan Hurley have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the school through the 2019-20 season, the school announced Friday.

The new deal adds two additional years to Hurley’s original contract, but primarily focuses on what URI is calling “programmatic changes and enhancements.” The financial terms of the contract Hurley signed last March when he came to Kingston remain unchanged.

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I know this is old news at this point, but fuck it, I’m not looking to break news; just comment on the news.

Dan Hurley signing an extension, by itself, means nothing. Keeping him under contract longer doesn’t guarantee he stays at URI (it is not an indictment of Hurley but of the sports world in general). Instead, the signing is largely symbolic. He did reject Rutgers offer that would pay him $1M per season but signing the extension really symbolizes his character and loyalty. He knows that he won’t be able to build a championship team by job hopping between schools. He also knows that if he left, he’d be abandoning the kids who transferred and sat out last year just to play for him.

Got to give Hurely credit though. Even though contracts these days aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, Hurley was in a position of power and could have strong-armed URI into a nice raise but, instead, chose to only demand a commitment from URI to make much needed improvements to the athletics facilities and programs (beyond men’s basketball). Very altruistic of Hurley; using his position of power at the negotiating table to benefit all of URI athletics.

Hurley has proven with his actions that he is truly committed to winning and knowing what it really takes to win. URI, and their fans (like myself), can rejoice knowing that Hurley, at least at this moment, is saying he wants to stay and build up the URI program. The only thing that worries me about Hurley succeeding here is the other jobs that will be offered to him that he would be dumb to turn down. An example being Syracuse. Jim Boeheim has hinted that he is really close to retiring. If the basketball gods look unfavorable at URI, it could be bad timing where Hurley turns the URI program around and gets them to the NCAA Tournament just in time for Boeheim to retire and Syracuse may want a younger, high energy, good recruiting coach. Syracuse may come calling for Hurley and I think Hurley would be foolish not to accept the job if they offer it to him. Of course, that’s just speculation. For now, Hurley is committed to being a Ram.

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People Still Think Dan Hurley Is Going To Coach At Rutgers

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NYDN: For more than 35 years, Rutgers has been the wasteland of college basketball. The university hired one nondescript or ill-fitting coach after another. The only hire never made was the only one that made sense — a New Jersey native with college head coaching experience, a coach whose name was universally known and respected throughout the state. It’s shocking it never happened because the best thing Rutgers has going for it is this: It is the State University of New Jersey. New Jersey, at its core, is a state populated by loyal, passionate, proud people, people who trust their own, people who know a Jersey guy speaks their language, people who know there are values dating back to the state’s roots in farming and factories. Pernetti may be the next Rutgers employee fired, but whomever sits in the AD chair can begin restoring the school’s image with one hire and only one hire — Danny Hurley. But wins and losses — important for certain in the million-dollar world of college basketball — shouldn’t be the primary focus of this hire. Character should be. Commitment should be. Community should be. Now more than ever, with the nation sure the inmates are running the asylum at Rutgers, Danny Hurley is exactly what the State University of New Jersey needs.
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I know a lot of people will think this author is saying that Rutgers needs to do whatever it takes to lure Coach Hurley out of URI. I took it another way. Granted, the author certainly doesn’t seem like he’d complain if Rutgers went after Hurley, but I think his greater point is that Rutgers needs a certain type of coach and that Hurley is the poster child for that “type.” To me, the author says that Rutgers fucked up by not hiring Hurley when they had the chance (before hiring Mike Rice) and now they need to find a coach who is exactly like Hurley. He is inferring that in order for Rutgers to dig themselves out of this shithole they have dug themselves into they need to find a coach like Hurley who commands respect without having to be over the top to the point of abuse. In the end, I think the author is trying to say that Rutgers needs who and what Hurley embodies not necessarily Hurley himself. Of course, I’ve been wrong before; so what the fuck do I know, right? I will reiterate my sentiments from before. Coach Hurley isn’t leaving URI for Rutgers. It just doesn’t make any sense at this point. As the article said, he is building a foundation at URI and won’t just abandon the team to join a floundering bottom feeder just because they are in a BCS conference. Hurley is smart enough to know that if he turns URI around, he will have opportunities to join BCS schools that are actually good. Rutgers can hope and wish all they want, Hurley is not taking that job.

Catching Up On A-10 News

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I know it’s been a while since my last post. Been swamped at work and couldn’t find time to sneak in a blog post like I have been able to. A lot has happened. NCAA second round, Bobby Hurley leaves URI, and George Mason.

Anyway, on to what I’ve missed:

NCAA Tournament
After starting 5-0 during the first round (if you call the play-ins the first round, you’re a huge asshole), the A-10 goes 1-4 in the next round with only La Salle advancing to the Sweet 16.

Temple certainly played a good game and could very well have beaten Indiana if it weren’t for Oladipo:


Skip to 0:26.

Khalif Wyatt’s first half performance showed why he was the A-10 player of the year. Unfortunately, the 15 minute break for halftime was just enough time for Wyatt’s hot hand to go cold and he had a very pedestrian second half. Temple should hang their heads high. they took the #1 seed (and at certain points during the season – the #1 team in the country) to the very brink of defeat.

Not much to say about VCU. They were just completely overmatched by Michigan. Like I’ve said before, the best way to beat the Havoc defense is to have smart, instinctive guards. That is exactly what Michigan has in Burke (possibly the best guard in all of college basketball) and Hardaway Jr. Just a bad game for VCU. Missed a lot of open jump shots and missed a bunch of easy lay-ups. Too bad. Still a great season overall for the Rams and they will be a top team in the A-10 for a long while (unless Shaka Smart goes to UCLA).

St. Louis, whose foundation was built on tough defense, really didn’t look very competitive against Oregon (who may be the best 12 seed in tournament history – hyperbole, saying they were shafted by the Selection Committee). The usually stout defense of SLU gave up 76 to Oregon and couldn’t really seem to stop them.

Butler now, they looked like they had the game won for a while, but Marquette showed a lot of grit and balls in coming back and taking the lead with about 7 or 8 minutes left. Then it was truly a back and forth game; a lot of fun to watch. Unfortunately, Butler couldn’t pull out the victory in the end.

On to La Salle. Great win over Ole Miss. What makes it a great win? The win means that fucking menace Marshall Henderson is finally out of the tournament. Good riddance. La Salle played great and hit a lot of key shots. not only did their star player (Ramon Galloway) have a good game, but so did VA Tech transfer Tyrone Garland. Garland hit the game winning lay up with only a second left. Southwest Philly Floater for the win (literally)!!!

Next up for La Salle is Arizona. Zona is a very talented team (coached by former Xavier coach Sean Miller) who was one of the last unbeaten teams in the country. I hope La Salle can keep it rolling and become the next VCU (from 2011) in that they go from Play-in to Final Four.

George Mason
So George Mason announced that they are joining the A-10 on July 1 of this year. Good pick up by the A-10 to replace one of the many departing teams. I think the A-10 only needs to add one more school to get back up to 14 teams for this year and 12 the year after that (assuming the rumors about Dayton and St. Louis to the Big East are true). I’m still hoping that the A-10 can pull off a miracle and convince Wichita St. to leave the MVC too (Creighton is leaving for the Big East). I know it is unlikely but who knows, they did convince Butler and VCU to join. It could happen. Anyway, I like George Mason. GM would fit in with the rest of the A-10 with the play of their top 2 guys (both guards): Bryon Allen and Sherrod Wright. The A-10 is well known for their guard play and GM will step right in.

Bobby Hurley
Bobby Hurley to Buffalo

So word has it that Bobby Hurley is leaving URI for Buffalo. This is a curious move to say the least. I mean, Bobby must have had other offers in the past (I think Wagner offered him the job when Dan left for URI) and he turned them down to stay with Dan and spend time with Dan and their families. If he turned down offers in the past, why leave now? Why University of Buffalo? No offense to University of Buffalo fans, but I can’t wrap my head around why Bobby would take that job. Is he finally ready to step out from Dan’s shadow and build his own legacy? Is he thinking that turning around a Buffalo program will allow him to land a head coaching gig with a high-major school (like using Buffalo as a stepping stone)? Baffling; but Dan is doing a great job recruiting and coaching up these players and while it would have been nice to keep Bobby around to help mentor EC Matthews and help transition him into an elite PG, I wish Bobby all the luck in the world and I hope he achieves all the success he needs to get to where he wants to in life.

URI Attendance Compared To Other Schools

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    School                                              Average Attendance

Rhode Island                                                         3,829

Providence                                                            7,883

Wisconsin-Milwaukee                                       5,770

Old Dominion                                                       7,142

North Texas                                                          4,006

Montana                                                                 4,005

Do we get the point here? How the hell do Old Dominion, Montana, and North Texas draw bigger crowds than URI?!?! When was the last time any of those teams were relevant?! Are there even 4,000 people in the entire state of Montana?! Jim Donaldson is right; he’s an asshole, but he’s right. Generally speaking, URI fans are shitty fans. If those embarrassments of programs can draw bigger crowds, then URI fans don’t deserve a good program. URI fans don’t deserve a coach like Hurley or an AD like Bjorn. Personally, I wouldn’t blame them one bit if the rumors were true. If I were Hurley, I’d jump ship to Rutgers too. If I were Bjorn, I’d accept the Xavier job before they even offered it to me.

We need to be better fans. The team deserves better, the coaches deserve better, and the athletics department heads deserve better.

URI Players Quit On The Season, Hurley Is Pissed

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Providence Journal: For the final few minutes of Wednesday night’s game, University of Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley could only sit and stare at the court.

The three barely spoke. They could only stew about the Rams’ poor performance, an 81-44 loss to Saint Joseph’s at Hagan Arena that left Hurley perplexed at how his team could struggle so badly.

“They played like the best team in the league and we played like a bad high school team,” Hurley said. “We played like a team that had nothing left to play for, which is a reflection of our coaches doing a very bad job, of me doing a bad job, of mentally preparing our team once we’ve been eliminated from the conference tournament.”

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Truth be told, I didn’t watch the first half and barely watched the second half of this debacle. The parts I did watch were some of the ugliest basketball I have ever seen. Jacking up terrible shots, no movement on offense, and no effort on offense or on defense. This team flat out quit. They quit and they made it as obvious as possible that they quit. I know they had nothing to play for as they were eliminated from the A-10 tournament. This team committed the ultimate sports sin by quitting. They disrespected themselves, their coaches, and their school. Even without a tournament to play for, couldn’t they at least play for personal pride?

Judging by Coach Hurley’s comments, I foresee a lot of pain for this team over the next couple of days before the UMass game. I expect Hurley to really work this team hard in practice. I hope the players enjoy doing suicide sprints and crazy plyometric workouts. If Hurley does work this team as hard as he can (within the allowable practice time limits) and punishes this team for the disrespect they showed to the uniforms, I support him 1000000%.

The team quitting like that is like watching the 2012 Red Sox. I don’t think anyone realistically thought URI could go into St. Joe’s and win. It is not the fact that URI lost, it is how they lost. They just didn’t seem to give a shit about the game or their own sense of pride. Fans of teams can forgive a team that loses as long as they work as hard as they can and leave it all on the field/court/rink. Quitting at any point, but especially before halftime, is just inexcusable. Shame on those players and shame on Andre Malone and Nikola Malesevic. Where was the senior leadership demanding the team step up the effort? Absolutely disgusting display. I doubt Hurley will allow it to happen again, but should the URI team from last night show up for the final game against UMass on Saturday, the team should not be surprised to hear some booing from the crowd.

Dan Hurley Leaving For Rutgers? Don’t Be Stupid

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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.
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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…

Rod Carri
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.

Rod Carri
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.

Harold Stassen
2:37pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

@Rod C.:
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!

Rod Carri
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.

URI Is Mathematically Eliminated From The A-10 Tournament

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So I saw this search come across my stats today:

URI Tournament CMon Man

Not sure if this is a joke or not. I am hoping it was a joke.
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URI is 3 games back with 3 to go plus St. Bonaventure (the current last team to get in) owns the tie breaker over URI. The Bonnies also only have 3 games left. Mathematically, there is no way for URI to leap over St. Bonaventure.

But the larger question remains, who really was still holding out hope for them to make the tournament this late in the game? I had URI effectively eliminated after losing to SBU (their 6th loss in row during that streak). After going on that 6 game losing streak and looking at their schedule down the final stretch of the season (Xavier, Temple, La Salle, and UMass) was there really anybody who truly believed they still had a chance? If the answer to that is “yes,” then those yahoos are truly, honestly, fucking stupid. The only thing I have to say to them is:
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