UConn students excited for new men’s basketball coach

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — UConn students say they get excited for basketball and now they’re getting excited for this new change.

45-year-old Dan Hurley has been named the new men’s basketball head coach.

“I’m from the tri-state area, Philadelphia, and right next to New Jersey. I know he’s from Jersey. His dad is a legendary high school coach from around there. So, like, the Hurley name is definitely very prevalent where I’m from,” said Temi Aiyegbusi who is a guard with the UConn men’s basketball team.

He has high hopes for his new coach.

“I’m just hoping for the best,” said Aiyegbusi. “Hope we can all stay together as a unit as a team, continue to do what we’re doing, and go in the right direction.”

Hurley is credited with rebuilding the University of Rhode Island’s basketball program bringing the Rams to the NCAA tournament the last two years.

“I’m pretty excited. I think it’s time for a change around here,” said UConn junior Bobby Luciano. “Big basketball school so I think it’s good to have some new people in.”

“I’m always excited for basketball so if we do well with a new coach then yeah that’s good,” said UConn junior Emma Stark.Related Content: UConn names Dan Hurley as new Men’s Basketball Head Coach

“I think it will be interesting to have finally some new blood once again,” said UConn senior John Drost.

Hurley replaces coach Kevin Ollie who was let go from the team just a few weeks ago.

“If you’re not performing then you gotta go I guess,” said UConn sophomore Marley Cadigan.

“I guess I wish him the best of luck from here on out. But I think it was just time for a change,” said Luciano.

Students are hoping Hurley has what it takes to turn UConn’s basketball program around.

“I think his recruiting skills will be big here because I think our pass few recruiting classes we’ve taken a few losses like people have gone elsewhere not coming to UConn so I think that will be a big part of it recruiting,” said UConn sophomore Miles Richards.

“Haven’t been winning as much as we like to especially for a big basketball school like UConn,” said Cadigan. “So I think he can definitively turn the program around if it’s definitely a possibility.

UConn will introduce Dan Hurley as the men’s head coach at a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday at the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center on the Storrs campus.

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Date Opponent Time TV
9/9 @Central Connecticut 6:30pm FS1%
9/13 @ Coppin State Noon FS2
9/17 @ Long Island 6:30pm FS2
9/20 @ Binghamton non FS2
9/24 vs. Auburn 2:30pm ESPN
9/25 vs. Michigan State/Loyola-Chicago TBD ESPN/ ESPN2
9/26 vs. TBD TBD TBD
9/30 @ Maryland-Eastern Shore 7:00pm CBS SN
12/4 @ Grambling State 4:00pm FS2
12/8 @West Virginia TBD TBD
12/11 vs. St. Bonaventure 3:30pm ESPN2
12/18 @ Providence 5:00pm FOX
12/21 @ Marquette 9:00pm FS1
12/28 @ Xavier 7:00pm FS1
1/1 vs. Butler 4:00pm FS1
1/8 @ Seton Hall Noon FOX
1/12 vs. St. John’s 8:30pm FS1
1/15 @ Providence 2:00pm FS1
1/20 @ Butler 9:00pm FS1
1/25 @ Georgetown 8:30pm CBS SN
1/29 @ DePaul 6:30pm FS1
2/1 vs. Creighton 6:30pm FS1
2/5 @ Villanova Noon FOX
2/8 vs. Marquette 6:30pm FS1
2/13 @ St. John’s Noon FOX
2/16 vs. Seton Hall 8:30pm CBS SN
2/19 vs. Xavier noon FOX
2/22 vs. Villanova 8:00pm FS1
2/27 @ Georgetown Noon CBS
3/2 @ Creighton 8:30pm FS1
3/5 vs. DePaul TBD TBD

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