Dan Hurley Dismisses Kentucky Rumors After UConn Defeats Purdue to Win Second Straight Title

Apr 8, 2024; Glendale, Ariz, U.S.; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley shouts at his team
Apr 8, 2024; Glendale, Ariz, U.S.; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley shouts at his team / Joe Rondone/The Republic / USA TODAY
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UConn head coach Dan Hurley, one of the best in the business, naturally popped up in rumors surrounding Kentucky's coaching job afterJohn Calipari reportedly agreed to terms on a deal to become Arkansas' coach.

So it wasn't surprising, then, that Hurley was asked about potentially leaving the Huskies, even after they defeated Purdue to win their second straight national championship on Monday night.

While the reporter who posed the question didn't mention Kentucky by name, it was obvious as to exactly what Hurley was being asked. And the often-animated Hurley didn't disappoint with his response, laughing off the possibility of leaving the Huskies.

"I don't think that's a concern. You know, my wife, you should have her answer that," Hurley said with an impish laugh.

Hurley then quipped that moving his wife further away from New Jersey to Kentucky would result in a "divorce," which he said he doesn't have the money for.

It's clear that Hurley is paying no mind to the Kentucky rumors. And why would he?

In six seasons at UConn, Hurley has led the program to four NCAA Tournament berths and has compiled a 68-11 record in the last two campaigns while becoming the first men's college basketball team to repeat as champions since Florida in 2006-07.

And the 51-year-old Hurley wants more.

"Now you're thinking in your brain, as I'm looking at the locker room, about the chance to do it three times, like a dynasty in modern times. I mean, that's what I'm thinking about," Hurley said.

Tim Capurso


Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.