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URI's Hurley tapped as new UConn men's basketball head coach

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Coach Dan Hurley. (AP) Coach Dan Hurley. (AP)

The University of Rhode Island's head coach will be the new men's basketball coach at the University of Connecticut.

UConn confirmed on Thursday that Dan Hurley is leaving URI to take the position.

Hurley and the university agreed to a six-year deal with a compensation of $2.75 million in the first season.

“I am honored and excited to become the head coach of the UConn men’s basketball program and I would like to thank President [Susan[ Herbst and David Benedict for this tremendous opportunity,” Hurley said in a statement. “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.”

Hurley was officially introduced on Friday during a news conference at the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center, the school said.

“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.”

Former UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun also released a statement about Hurley's hiring on Thursday.

“I stand by UCONN’s decision of the hiring of Coach Hurley," Calhoun said. "I have a deep-rooted love for the University of Connecticut and have trusted the judgement of Susan Herbst and David Benedict to do the right thing and what is best for UCONN throughout this entire process. I have known Coach Hurley for quite some time now and I trust that he will do a great job with the program. He has done a tremendous job during his time at the University of Rhode Island and I look forward to Coach Hurley keeping the tradition at UCONN. UCONN is a special place for me with so many great memories, and I wish him the best of luck."

UConn recently fired coach Kevin Ollie but has not commented on the reason.

It did recently acknowledge a NCAA investigation into the team.

Hurley's URI Rams won the Atlantic 10 Conference title and finished the season 23-6. The team made it into the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament before being ousted by Duke.

Ollie, who won a NCAA Tournament title in 2014, finished 8th in the American Athletic Conference standings, went 10-9 and failed to make the tournament this season.

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