Bobby Hurley has no regrets after turning down Wagner job

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Bobby Hurley only needed a few hours to make his decision.

Hurley's brother, Dan, had decided to leave Wagner for Rhode Island in mid-March and Bobby was summoned to meet with the Wagner brass -- the president and athletic director -- 10 minutes after it became official. He was then offered the job to stick around and replace his brother on Staten Island.

"I thought about it, went home and talked to my wife and called a couple hours later and told them I was going to Rhode Island with Dan," he said.

It's not often that guys turn down D-1 head coaching jobs -- especially ones that may compete for league titles as will likely be the case at Wagner this coming season. The Seahawks were 25-6 last season, 15-3 in league play, return four starters and add Michigan State transfer Dwaun Anderson.

But the Hurley boys wanted to stay together longer than just a couple years in the D-1 ranks and build something at URI.

"I know a lot of people thought it was surprising that I didn't take the job at Wagner," said the 41-year-old former Duke standout. "But I love working with Dan and our families love being around each other, also."

"I struggled with the loyalty to Wagner," he admitted. "It took some time coming to grips with not being around those guys anymore."

The Hurley's racked up an impressive 38-23 mark in two seasons at Wagner, which wound up keeping it in the family and hiring Hurley's other assistant, Bashir Mason, to take the reigns. Now these guys will take over another major rebuilding task, a program coming off a 7-24 campaign and a team that has been decimated by defections recently.

Rhode Island will struggle this season, but the Hurley's have started to add pieces in an effort to make the Rams competitive in 2013-14. Rutgers transfer Gil Biruta will sit out this season after transferring. That'll also be the case for Rice transfer Jarelle Reischel.

"It's going to take some time," Bobby said.

But the brothers -- and sons of legendary high school coach Bob Hurley -- will do it together instead of parting ways after just two seasons.

"I figured we'd coach together for a long time," Dan Hurley said. "But it happened so fast."

 
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