"Please don't go." UConn's Hurley meets with Lakers about head coaching job

According to reports, head coach Dan Hurley met with the Los Angeles Lakers Friday about the franchise's head coaching vacancy.

Justin DeVellis

Jun 8, 2024, 2:08 AM

Updated 6 days ago

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Two months removed from celebrating their second consecutive men's national championship in basketball, UConn fans are once again on the edge of their seat.
According to reports, head coach Dan Hurley met with the Los Angeles Lakers Friday about the franchise's head coaching vacancy.
"Connecticut loves him, the players love him, UConn loves him," Governor Ned Lamont said. "But he has to do what's right for his family as well."
Hurley signed a 6-year, $32 million dollar contract extension with the Huskies last June.
"He's done everything he promised he would do and then some," Professor J.W. Stewart of the University of New Haven says. "I don't think fans here in Connecticut would blame him one bit if – and this is a big if – if he was to leave for the Lakers because of the money, and the prestige, and the opportunity. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity."
The Lakers can offer the 51-year-old more money, but fans (and politicians) are hoping Hurley stays at UConn for the chance at a three-peat.
"Please don't go. You've done such a wonderful job here," Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling said. "You've brought this to a whole new level. The state of Connecticut loves you, the basketball fans love you, and we're asking you: 'please don't go.'"
Hurley would have to pay UConn roughly $2 million for his buyout, and if he were to take the Lakers job, UConn players would have a 30-day window to find a new program per NCAA rules.


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