Dan Hurley signs extension with Rhode Island

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Rhode Island and head coach Dan Hurley have agreed to a contract extension that will keep Hurley in Kingston until 2022.

And this was despite the fact that the Rams went just 17-15 last season, finishing .500 in the Atlantic 10, after entering the year with a chance to win the conference. The college basketball community knows how good Hurley is. That’s why Rutgers went after him hard earlier this spring.

“I am excited and proud to continue to lead the men’s basketball program at the University of Rhode Island and my family is proud to call Rhode Island our home,” Hurley said in a statement released by the school. “The anticipation level for the upcoming season is high due in large part to the quality of the student-athletes we have recruited here. It is an exciting time for us as a program.”

The other part of this is that the Rams were obliterated by injuries this season. Star guard E.C. Matthews tore his ACL in the first game of the season, and according to the release the Rams sent out, their opening night starters missed more than a third of the season combined.

But with Matthews returning along with Hassan Martin, Jared Terrell and Kuran Iverson, and Stanford Robinson joining the program, URI is good enough to crack our preseason top 25.

“I am very excited to continue to work together with Dan Hurley for years to come,” Rhode Island AD Thorr Bjorn said in a statement. “As a result of incredible hard work by so many including Dan and his staff, President Dooley, the URI Foundation, Athletic department staff and our fans and donors, we are in position to do something very special with our men’s basketball program. I can’t think of a better person I would like to partner with to see this vision through than Dan.”