Danny Hurley Heads to Wagner, Oliver Purnell Leaves Clemson To Rebuild DePaul
Here is the second update of coaching changes that have taken place so far in college basketball. To check out the first edition, click here.
Danny Hurley (St. Benedict's Prep, Newark, N.J.) to Wagner
Danny Hurley is stepping into a tough role where he will have to rebuild a team that went 5-26 in 2009-10 and gave the Bryant Bulldogs their only win of the season.
Hurley was a winner at the high school level, going 223-21 at St. Benedict's Prep. He also has experience at the college level, having been an assistant at Rutgers.
Oliver Purnell (Clemson) to DePaul
Oliver Purnell made the decision to leave Clemson to take a job at DePaul. Purnell wanted a challenge, and he will undoubtedly get it with the Blue Demons, who have won one Big East game in the last two years.
James Dickey (Former Coach at Texas Tech, Assistant at Oklahoma St.) to Houston
James Dickey was hired by Houston last week. Dickey had a lot of success at Texas Tech in the 1990s, but has not been a head coach since he was fired in 2001. Dickey then spent six seasons as an assistant at Oklahoma State.
Boston College Pursuing Steve Donahue (Cornell)
It seems like Boston College's top choice for a new coach is Steve Donahue. The only question is if Donahue's first choice is Boston College. Donahue has already had meetings with Boston College. If Donahue does not sign with Boston College, the other candidates are Bill Coen (Northeastern) and Ed Cooley (Fairfield).
Open Spot at Tulane
Tulane has reported that there are three main candidates to replace Dave Dickerson: Mike Rice (Robert Morris), Ernie Kent (Former coach at Oregon), and Ed Conroy (Citadel).
Siena Coaching Position Still Open
Siena has continued to interview its main candidates. No candidates have been completely taken out of the running, but none have been added. The candidates are still Mitch Bounaguro (Siena assistant), Bill Coen (Northeastern), Steve Donahue (Cornell), and Cliff Warren (Jacksonville).
Fran Fraschilla Turns Down Iona
Fran Fraschilla turned down the Iona job this past weekend. Supposedly, Fraschilla was expecting to have more opportunities at ESPN with Steve Lavin leaving the network. Now that Fraschilla is out of the race, the frontrunner for the Iona position is Louisville assistant Steve Masiello. Masiello has a lot of experience in New York and was an assistant coach at Manhattan College for four years.
Check back for more updates on coaching changes in college basketball.
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