Sports Team 10: URI's Hurley accepts offer at UConn

FILE - In this March 14, 2018, file photo, Rhode Island's head coach Dan Hurley takes questions during a news conference for an NCAA college basketball first round game in Pittsburgh. Rhode Island head basketball coach Dan Hurley has agreed to become the head coach at the University of Connecticut. Hurley replaces Kevin Ollie, who was fired earlier this month. UConn made the announcement Thursday morning, March 22, 2018, in a Tweet. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

University of Rhode Island head basketball coach Dan Hurley has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Connecticut.

"It's official!" UConn tweeted Thursday morning. "Dan Hurley named Head Coach."

URI said the search for Hurley's replacement will begin immediately. Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn said assistant David Cox is a candidate and that Cox is his "go-to" in the meantime.

Hurley met with the Rhody Rams on Thursday to tell the team he is leaving. URI plans an afternoon news conference.

Hurley replaces Kevin Ollie, who was fired earlier this month.

Hurley was 113-82 in six seasons with the Rams, who went 26-8 this year before losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Duke. It was the second straight trip to the tournament for the Rams, who won their first regular-season Atlantic-10 championship.

UConn won its fourth national championship in 2014 but has fallen on hard times recently. The Huskies went 14-18 this year and 16-17 in 2016-17 after going 30 years without a losing season.

The program also is under an NCAA investigating amid allegations of recruiting violations and reports that team members may have participated in impermissible workouts before the season.

Hurley was talking to Rhode Island about a long-term offer. Bjorn offered Hurley $2 million a year for seven years starting in 2019, along with staff salary increases and chartered flights for all away games. The school said it would build a practice facility within two years.

Hurley was also being considered by the University of Pittsburgh.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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