Dan Hurley plans to stay at UConn, eyes ‘modern-day dynasty’

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By journalsofus.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. – With the Kentucky coaching job expected to officially start on Tuesday, UConn’s Danny Hurley made it clear Monday night that he plans to stick with the Huskies and attempt to win a third consecutive national title .

After UConn defeated Purdue 75–60 to repeat as NCAA Tournament champions, Hurley addressed the opening with a few jokes, and when asked about Kentucky, told reporters he didn’t think it was of any concern. The thing is. He said he should ask his wife Andrea, a New Jersey native.

Asked about his reaction to a potential move, he said, “Oh my God, Kentucky or anywhere that will take him beyond New Jersey.” “I mean, we just went to Rhode Island, where I had to drag her and then to Connecticut. I brought her closer. And now next? I can’t even get a divorce right now. I just started making money.”

Hurley offered some insight into what’s next for his program: “Now you’re thinking in your mind, as I’m looking out over the locker room, a chance to do it three times, a dynasty in modern times. Sort of. I mean, that’s what I’m thinking about.”

UConn officials are on board with that thinking, as they gave Hurley a huge new contract in the wake of his first national title at UConn last year. Hurley earned $5 million this season as part of a six-year deal announced in June.

UConn athletic director David Benedict told ESPN that it’s a good thing that people are mentioning Hurley in connection with job opportunities, a sign that people think “he’s the best coach in the country.”

Benedict said he looks forward to another round of talks with Hurley.

“We will move as quickly as is appropriate,” Benedict told ESPN. “I mean, we’re not even an hour away after the game. But yeah, we’re eager to have a conversation, whether it’s with the coach or his agent, and make sure we’re all in a good place.

“It’s nothing different than what we did last year. We’ll continue to do everything we can to get him, his staff and this program in a position to compete for a championship. Obviously part of that is retention.” , and so we want to retain people.”

Hurley said his focus is on UConn next year — preparation that begins during the trip back on Tuesday.

“Tomorrow on the flight home, we’ll start talking about what the roster will look like,” he said. “Obviously, we’ve graduated some players. We’ll potentially lose some players because of their early entry into the NBA. We’re going to dive in and build a roster that can play equal basketball to you guys. Having seen the last two years, that’s what I know our mentality will be.”

Following the news that John Calipari was finalizing a deal with Arkansas, Hurley became the second Final Four coach to remove his name from consideration for the Kentucky job before it was officially open. Alabama coach Nate Oats released a statement Monday announcing he will remain in Tuscaloosa.

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