Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
By ERIC RUEB
KINGSTON â Lost in the shuffle of the firing of Jim Baron and courting and eventual hiring of Dan Hurley was how returning members of the University of Rhode Island menâs basketball team would react.
Wednesday, they showed how.
Every member eligible to return next season was in attendance Wednesday, as they walked into Keaney Gymnasium as a team and walked out hopeful of things to come.
By EVAN CRAWLEY
KINGSTON â When it comes to University of Rhode Island menâs basketball, you would be hard pressed to find two fans with a better knowledge of the program than Warren Lutzel and Dick Moore.
The two sat together to watch the introduction of new coach Dan Hurley Wednesday at Keaney Gymnasium, a place where they had watched the Rams play since the facility opened in December of 1953.
âI would say 40 years, 40 or 50 years, something like that,â said Lutzel of how long they had been coming to games for.
By ERIC RUEB
KINGSTON - Standing behind a podium with a University of Rhode Island jersey with his last name emblazoned on the back, Dan Hurley opened his introductory press conference with a couple jokes and ended talking about winning.
And winning is something he is not taking lightly.
An hour after the Narragansett Times went to press Tuesday morning, a report from silive.com - based out of Staten Island - confirmed that Wagner men's basketball coach Danny Hurley was leaving the school to take the same job at the University of Rhode Island.
According to the report, Hurley told reporter Cormac Gordon "I didn't anticipate that I'd have to be making a decision like this for several years. It was a very difficult thing to do and I talked to a lot of people. There was a lot of back and forth."
There are reports circulating that Wagner's Danny Hurley will have a decision today as to if he will accept the offer to become the next coach of the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team, one thing is certain - it will be difficult for him to bring a key assistant coach along.
Bobby Hurley is Danny's older brother and currently an assistant at Wagner. A report from silive.com - a Staten Island-based website - said should Danny Hurley come to URI, the school would try to keep Bobby on as head coach.
It was a busy weekend for rumors in Kingston over the weekend about Wagner's Danny Hurley taking the job as head coach for the URI men's basketball team.
GoLocalProv.com reported Hurley had been hired to replace the departed Jim Baron, a report URI AD Thorr Bjorn denied when reached by the Providence Journal Friday night.
Bjorn didn't deny - and reading the report, didn't confirm either - Hurley had visited the campus, but now there is no doubt Hurley was in Kingston Saturday morning.
By ERIC RUEB
With Jim Baron released from his contract â or, in laymanâs terms, fired â as head coach of the University of Rhode Island menâs basketball coach along with 10-year assistant Pat Clarke and first-year assistant Larry Harris, the only coach still left standing is a name any URI fan is familiar with.
Preston Murphy, who played guard for the Rams from 1995-1999, returned to Kingston as an as assistant coach in 2010 and, after Sundayâs decision from URI Direction of Athletics Thorr Bjorn, is the only coach left standing.