Posted April 03, 2013

Report: Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley tops Rutgers list

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Dan Hurley comes from New Jersey's famous basketball family. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Dan Hurley is a member of one of New Jersey’s most famous basketball families. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Rutgers’ first choice to take over its scandal plagued men’s basketball program is University of Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley, according to sources in a Yahoo! Sports report.

Embattled Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti is said to have Hurley at the top of his list, but his own employment remains in question following the release of a videotape Tuesday showing coach Mike Rice abusing players. Pernetti previously suspended Rice three games and fined him $50,000 last season after he viewed the video last year.

Hurley could have a calming effect on the Rutgers athletic department for a variety of reasons according to Yahoo! Sports:

Hurley’s name is a magical one in the New Jersey basketball community, and his candidacy would be popular with alumni and high school coaches. As Rutgers enters the highly competitive Big Ten Conference next season, a coach with the credibility to recruit in the region will be paramount.

After quickly turning around Wagner’s program with 25 victories in his second season, Hurley was hired away to Rhode Island where his early recruiting successes could pave the way for a dramatic turnaround in his second season in the Atlantic 10.

His father, Bob, is the Hall of Fame coach of St. Anthony in Jersey City, and his brother, Bobby, is the new head coach at the University of Buffalo.

The report lists Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank as another candidate since he discussed the idea with Pernetti four years ago. On Wednesday, Frank called Rice’s actions “appalling.”


4 comments
bman
bman

"As Rudgers enters the highly competitive Big 10 next season..." 

This is untrue, please do a little research before writting articles about schools that you don't follow. RU will be in the AAC next season.

danfromwestlake
danfromwestlake

No such place as University of Buffalo. That went away 50 years ago. It's SUNY at Buffalo.

AZgeo
AZgeo

Is the picture at the top of this piece the one Dan is forwarding to Rutgers for consideration ???

KenKing
KenKing

 @danfromwestlake I hate to be argumentative, but the larger 'SUNY' colleges all changed their names a few years back. You will see that Buffalo, Albany, Binghampton and Stonybrook  have all dropped the SUNY aspect of their names.