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."
The report says Hurley accepted a six-year, $4-million deal and his top assistant, brother Bobby, would join him at URI.
Hiring Bobby Hurley as an assistant would have to be cleared by the state's ethics commission. According to state nepotism laws, family members may "not hire, evaluate, supervise or otherwise participant in employment decisions affecting your family members."
There is a precedent for a relative to the head coach working as an assistant coach at URI. Jim Harrick hired his son Jim Jr. in a move that proved to be disastrous for the basketball program.
Because of the problems associated with that decision, the state ethics commission has tried to avoid such conflicts.
"They remember the Harrick decision and the commission has shown great regret," a source close to the commission said. "In hindsight, they made a decision that they didn’t feel comfortable with."