Dan Hurley stays at UConn, turns down Lakers coaching offer, report says

In a shocking turn of events, Dan Hurley is staying at UConn.

The leader of the back-to-back national champion Huskies’ men’s basketball program has decided to stay the university and declined the Los Angeles Lakers offer to be their next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 51-year-old Jersey City native turned down a six-year, $70 million contract and subsequently left $20 million on the table to not join one of the most historic franchises in sports.

Instead of having the chance to be one of the highest paid coaches in the NBA, Hurley, will now return to UConn for a chance to win a third consecutive national championship and is reportedly in talks for a raise at the university to become one of the highest paid coaches in the NCAA, via Wojnarowski.

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This all started less than a week ago after the Lakers’ were reportedly targeting Hurley as their next head coach and willing to give him a huge contract to lead the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis & Co.

In six seasons at UConn, Hurley amassed a 141-58 record (.709 winning percentage), two NCAA titles in four seasons, and a Big East regular season and conference tournament champion this past year en route to their second title.

In his 14-year coaching career in college, the former Seton Hall guard has with a combined record of 292-163 at UConn, Rhode Island and Wagner.

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