(WTNH) — The University of Connecticut has named former Rhode Island Coach Dan Hurley as the new Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball team.
In a tweet sent out Thursday morning, officials at UConn confirmed the rumors that had been swirling for a few weeks that Hurley was going to be selected for the job.
– UConn Huskies (@UConnHuskies) March 22, 2018
UConn says Hurley and the school have agreed to a six-year deal, with a compensation of $2.75 million in the first season.
“We are thrilled to name Dan Hurley as our next coach,” said UConn President Susan Herbst. “I never doubted for a moment that UConn would be able to attract a coach of Dan’s talent. He understands UConn, student-athletes at this level, and college basketball in the Northeast. I know our entire community will be delighted to welcome Dan, Andrea and their family to UConn.”
“I am honored and excited to become the head coach of the UConn men’s basketball program and I would like to thank President Herbst and David Benedict for this tremendous opportunity,” Hurley said. “This program, which is part of one of the top public universities in the country, has a championship history and wonderful support from a passionate fan base. I look forward to continuing this proud tradition.”
This has all come less than two weeks after UConn announced that it would fire head coach Kevin Ollie, for “just cause”. The university then cited an NCAA investigation, which came about in January. However very few details have been released.
Ollie is fighting the firing in an effort to be paid the $10 million that remains on his contract that was signed two years ago.Web Extra: URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn speaks following Dan Hurley announcement