STORRS - It may have changed head coaches, but the UConn menâ€™s basketball team must still deal with an NCAA investigation into aspects of its recruiting in the last few years.
But when he asked during the interview process, Dan Hurley was apparently satisfied with the answers he was given in regards to that inquiry. At least enough for him to accept a contract as the programâ€™s next head coach.
Hurley met with UConn Athletic Director David Benedict and President Susan Herbst on Monday, and admits he was very inquisitive about plenty of issues, including potential NCAA infractions.
â€śI asked the questions. I didnâ€™t ask questions, like about the APR, when I took the Rhode Island job and then I found that present under my Christmas tree,â€ť Hurley said. â€śSo I was a lot more prepared going into this interview.
â€śAnd I felt comfortable with what David and the president had laid forth in terms of what potentially could happen, the worst-case scenario. And it didnâ€™t affect my decision at all.â€ť
Neither Benedict nor Hurley would get into specifics about their discussion. Benedict seemed to feel the NCAA issue was a minor concern of Hurleyâ€™s.
â€śAnyone in their right mind would ask that kind of question,â€ť Benedict said. â€śUnfortunately thereâ€™s not a whole lot of detail we can get into (with the public). There was a brief conversation about that but I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s what he was focused on.â€ť
When he was a player at Seton Hall, Hurley played against the Huskies on seven occasions.
His teams fared reasonably well early in his career, with the likes of Terry Dehere leading the Pirates.
But in Hurleyâ€™s final college basketball game, the Huskies gave him a rather unceremonious sendoff.
â€śRay Allen, unfortunately, I think guarded me in my last college game,â€ť Hurley said. â€śI donâ€™t know what the stats were, but it was pretty ugly.â€ť
Hurleyâ€™s stat line from that March 7, 1996 game was in fact not pretty. He shot 1-for-13 from the field, including 1-for-8 from 3-point range.
He finished with four points and three assists in what was a 79-58 UConn win over Seton Hall in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.
â€śBut Ray was a total class act. He kept asking me how I was doing,â€ť Hurley deadpanned.
Hurley, who averaged 14.3 points and 5.2 assists as a senior at Seton Hall that season, finished his playing career against UConn with three wins and four losses.