Insider Only PITT Coaching Search: Dan Hurley Heads to UConn

Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley has been named the new men’s basketball coach at UConn, the school announced Thursday.

Hurley received a six-year deal, ESPN reports.

Hurley, 45, was Pitt’s top target in their coaching search but reality is Hurley was never coming to Pitt and the Panthers offer of at least $3.3 million per season didn’t change anything other than making UConn come up on their initial offer which is said to have been around $2.5 million per season.

Where Pitt goes from here remains to be seen but the school has known for days that getting Hurley was a hail mary.

Former Ohio State coach Thad Matta has long been a favorite of Heather Lyke but Pitt officials have had trouble getting Matta to consider the job. Matta turned down an offer from Georgia last week who then went on to hire Tom Crean, another coaching candidate on Pitt’s initial list Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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