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March 22nd, 2012
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 laymanâ€™s terms, fired â€“ as head coach of the University of Rhode Island menâ€™s 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 Sundayâ€™s decision from URI Direction of Athletics Thorr Bjorn, is the only coach left standing.
By ERIC RUEB
PROVIDENCE â€“ Larry Harris has been around college basketball long enough and when word came down Sunday that University of Rhode Island menâ€™s basketball coach was being released from his contract and Harris and fellow assistant Pat Clarke wouldnâ€™t have their contracts renewed, he wasnâ€™t surprised.
â€śI was more disappointed than anything,â€ť Harris said. â€ś[Baron] has done a good job there and itâ€™s the old analogy â€“ when a guy is down letâ€™s kick him.â€ť
By ERIC RUEB
PROVIDENCE â€“ For 30 minutes, the Exeter-West Greenwich girls basketball team played like it was ready to go to the schoolâ€™s first state championship game.
The last two minutes kept the Knights away from the Ryan Center.
Exeter-West Greenwich vs. Bay View at Rhode Island College, 8 p.m.
PROVIDENCE - The old adage is defense wins championships.
The Narragansett girls basketball team will find out for sure Saturday afternoon.
Using an aggressive three-quarter court trap, the Mariners forced 27 turnovers and in the second half turned most of them into points as Narragansett outscored Moses Brown by 22 points in the final 12 minutes, 40 seconds in its 55-32 win Tuesday night in the Division II Semifinals at Rhode Island College.
The Mariners move on to the D-II final Saturday at the Ryan Center at 4:30 against Classical, which beat Johnston 38-37 in early game Tuesday.
Jim Baron wasn't the only one released from his contract Sunday; long-time assistant Pat Clarke and first-year assistant Larry Harris were also let go.