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Dan Hurley Accepts 6-Year Offer From UConn



UPDATE (8:05 AM)-

Two reports emerged late on Wednesday that Rhode Island head coach and candidate for the open Pitt job Dan Hurley will instead take the job at Connecticut.

Hurley, 45, just finished his sixth season at Rhode Island and is widely considered to be the top mid-major coach available on the market. Since the Rams’ season ended with an 87-62 loss to Duke at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Saturday, speculation has been rampant about Hurley’s future.

Hurley was set to choose between the open jobs at Pitt and UConn, with remaining at Rhode Island as a third possibility. Hurley met with Rhode Island administrators on Tuesday to give them the opportunity to sell him on the idea of staying in Kingston.

Outlets in Connecticut reported early this week that Hurley signing with UConn was imminent, but that never came to pass. Instead, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported that Pitt had offered Hurley in excess of $3 million annually. Pittsburgh Sports Now reported on Wednesday that Pitt’s offer to Hurley was a six-year deal worth a total of $19.5 million.

Connecticut-based blog A Dime Back report by Ed Daigneault of the Waterbury, Ct. Republican-American.

It was also revealed on Wednesday that Arizona head coach Sean Miller is no longer a candidate for the Pitt job. Miller tweeted that that he “is not a candidate,” after reports by PSN on Tuesday and by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday said that he was both interested in and had spoken with Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke about the Pitt job.

Without Hurley and Miller in the mix, Pitt’s coaching search will hit something of a reset as it passes two weeks since Kevin Stallings has been fired.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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