There have been wide-spread media reports that the University of Connecticut is close to hiring Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley as its next men’s basketball coach.
It would be a good move for Hurley and a better move for UConn, which needs a major booster shot for its program after the firing of Kevin Ollie and an increasing lack of interest from a fan base with no taste for life as a second tier team in the American Athletic Conference.
But in the crazy world of college basketball (as well as in most areas in life) timing is crucial. If I were the Huskies, I would try and get the deal done with Hurley ASAP.
Here’s why. Let’s start by playing a game of connect the dots.
The other Power 5 conference job open is Pittsburgh, which is also interested in Hurley. But Hurley seems focused right now on UConn. Pittsburgh may have a Plan B, which appears to be Seton Hall coach (and Pittsburgh graduate) Kevin Willard, who took the Pirates into the NCAA tournament this season.
Let’s say that Pittsburgh moves quickly and does hire Willard. That leaves an opening at Seton Hall, which, if he is available, could do far worse than contact one of its alumni….Danny Hurley. Given time to evaluate the situation, comparing Seton Hall to UConn is a runaway victory for UConn The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.