Connecticut Sports Talk, July 11

Dan Hurley stepped to the podium, stationed on the practice court in the Werth Family Center, and he looked out over the reporters, the TV cameras and the applauding boosters beyond. He looked up at the posters of famous former Huskies on the walls.

“Wow,” he said, uttering his first public words as UConn’s head coach. “Wow, wow, wow. I knew it would be big, but … Wow!”

Hurley has seen UConn men’s basketball in bigger, louder, better places, however, and those are the places he was hired to take the program.

“I knew deep down inside, I wanted just one more job in coaching,” said Hurley, who was lured from Rhode Island with a six-year contract worth roughly $18 million. “A place where Final Fours and national championships are a distinct possibility. I had to make one more move to put myself in that position, and this was that move.”

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