Almost all coaches are 'that guy' who leaves for more -- even Dan Hurley

On January 3 of this year my pal Andy Katz talked to Dan Hurley.

Andy then wrote this:

Hurley said he's not a climber in the coaching profession. He doesn't want this job [at Wagner] to simply be a springboard. But no one would blame him if he listened or bolted for another program. Wagner cannot compete in salary, facilities or exposure to some other schools. He isn't biting on any of that now and says he won't in the future. He said he promised St. Benedict's he would coach for three seasons and stayed for nine. He doesn't look at himself as a coaching lifer, he said, but he wants to have a "great life in coaching" where he's comfortable, the way his dad was in his high school job. "This is a great level to be at," Hurley said. "It's real fulfilling. I'm not that guy. I'm my dad's son, who stayed in one place a long time."
Let me be clear: I'm not bringing this up less than three months later -- and on the day Hurley accepted an offer to become the next coach at Rhode Island -- to poke fun at Andy because he was simply doing his job and writing what Hurley told him. This isn't about that. This is about what Hurley told him and how it should serve as a reminder to fans and other coaches that circumstances change and so do plans.

There are few long-term commitments in this sport.

From either side.

And all coaches would be wise to remember as much going forward and stop making statements they can't possibly hold themselves to. I don't care how comfortable you think you are -- or how much you love your boss and neighborhood and everything else -- the majority of Americans leave one job for another when the other job is clearly better in every way imaginable, and why coaches often pretend otherwise is something I still don't understand.

Make no mistake, Dan Hurley is smart to leave Wagner for Rhode Island.

Who wouldn't make that move?

But I'm sure, on some level, he feels a little silly this afternoon because he must realize this is exactly the type of thing he said he wouldn't do less than three months ago. Wagner fans were gonna be upset when he left, regardless. But now they have words to throw back in his face, and those are words that should've never been uttered anyway because they never made much sense coming from a guy in a profession where springboarding is the norm.

Danny Hurley said he's not "that guy."

But he is that guy.

And that's fine.

Because almost all of us are that guy.

We only look foolish when we try to state otherwise.
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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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