Dan Hurley hired at URI

Posted: March 21, 2012

DAN HURLEY is the new men's basketball coach at Rhode Island. Hurley, 39, who spent 2 years at Wagner, agreed to a 6-year deal to rebuild the struggling Atlantic 10 program.

In his second season at Wagner, Hurley led the Seahawks, of the Northeast Conference, to a 25-6 record. The former star guard at Seton Hall - and son of Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley - also coached nine seasons at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J.

Rhode Island went 7-24 this season.

"Dan is a proven winner at every level and I am looking forward to partnering with him to build on the solid foundation we have in place," Rhode Island athletic director Thorr Bjorn said. "Our goals are to compete for - and win - Atlantic 10 championships and advance to play in NCAA Tournaments."

Hurley replaces Jim Baron, who had 2 years remaining on his contract, but could only muster a 4-12 record in the Atlantic 10 this season. Baron, 57, coached the Rams since 2001, and made five NIT appearances. But he did not take the Rams to the NCAAs. He was fired on March 4.

Hurley didn't take the Seahawks to the postseason, either, after losing in the NEC semifinals to Robert Morris, 71-64, at home.

In other college basketball news:

* Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is hospitalized and recovering from a mild heart attack, the family confirmed.

Eddie Sutton, the father of Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton, said his son has interviewed for the Nebraska vacancy.

Sport Stops * 

NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook overturned the bulk of the penalties levied against five-time championship winning crew chief Chad Knaus, who still must pay a $100,000 fine because Jimmie Johnson's car failed the opening day inspection of the Daytona 500. Middlebrook overturned the six-race suspensions NASCAR handed down to Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, and ruled both instead will be on probation through May 9. Middlebrook also reinstated the 25 points that Johnson had been docked.

* The PGA Tour has pulled the plug on nearly 50 years of Q-school as a way to get to the big leagues. In a massive overhaul of its structure and season, the tour's policy board approved starting the official season in October and making the Nationwide Tour the primary path to getting a PGA Tour card.

Philly File * 

Union defender Sheanon Williams will join teammates Amobi Okugo and Freddy Adu on the U.S. team in Nashville for CONCACAF qualifying for the Olympics tomorrow. Fellow defender Porfirio Lopez has been called up by the Costa Rican national team to compete in an international friendly against Jamaica tonight in Kingston.

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