Dan Hurley Dismisses UConn Rumors After March Madness Loss to Duke

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17:  Head coach Dan Hurley of the Rhode Island Rams reacts against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley was in no mood to indulge speculation that he could be bound for the Connecticut Huskies following the Rams' 87-62 loss to the Duke Blue Devils in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament Saturday. 

"Listen, I could give a crap about who's got an opening anywhere," Hurley told reporters, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman

He continued:

"I haven't thought about it for a second. I could care less what any other school in the country that's looking for a coach or talks about me on social media—I could give two craps about that. My heart, my mind is with this program and these players that just lost a brutal game after having an amazing last couple seasons, and for me it's easy."

The Huskies fired head coach Kevin Ollie on March 10 amid an NCAA investigation, and they've reportedly set their sights on Hurley to overhaul a program that's been mired in controversy. 

Citing sources, Goodman reported Hurley is the "front-runner" for the UConn job. 

Hurley has served as the Rams' head coach since 2012. In six seasons at the helm, he's guided Rhode Island to an Atlantic 10 tournament championship (2016-17), a regular-season conference title (2017-18) and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances.    

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