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Hurley visited URI

March 19, 2012

Narragansett native Tyler Hoxsie was setting up a rec hoops tournament at Keaney Gymnasium when URI athletic director (second from right) and Wagner men's basketball coach Danny Hurley (left) walked in.

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.
The Narragansett Times discovered a camera phone picture taken by Narragansett native Tyler Hoxsie that showed Bjorn and Hurley in Keaney Gymnasium Saturday morning around 8:30 a.m. The picture is the only sourced confirmation of Hurley's presence at URI this weekend.
Hoxsie, a 2009 Narragansett graduate, works for the town's recreation department and was setting for the basketball league's championship games at Keaney when Bjorn, Hurley, Hurley's wife and another man walked in.
"I saw Thorr and saw the other guy and said 'That's Danny Hurley all right,'" Hoxsie said.
Hoxsie added he wasn't the only person to recognize the AD or the Wagner coach, but was the only person he saw that took a picture of the meeting.
And even in this age of technology - and with the rumors about Hurley being on campus - the photo never came to public eye until the Times discovered it Monday.
"I just had a couple of my friends comment on it," Hoxsie said. "Some Liked it and some re-Tweeted it."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated with information on photo and Hoxsie quotes

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