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June 10, 2024

ESPN: Hurley decides to remain at UConn; rebuffs Lakers' $70M offer

UConn Athletics UConn coach Dan Hurley cuts down the nets after leading the Huskies to the 2023 NCAA championship.

Dan Hurley is staying.

That’s the word from ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who said on social media early this afternoon that the University of Connecticut men’s basketball head coach had turned down a lucrative offer to coach the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers.

Wojnarowski broke the story last week that the Lakers were targeting Hurley for their head coaching position, which became vacant in May after the team fired two-year head coach Darvin Ham.

“Connecticut’s Dan Hurley has turned down the Los Angeles Lakers’ six-year, $70 million offer and will return to chase a third straight national title, sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

He added that the offer would have made Hurley one of the NBA’s six highest-paid coaches.

Hurley was scheduled to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. on the Storrs campus to announce his decision.

Hurley was highly sought after by the Lakers after he led the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2022-23 and 2023-24. They were UConn’s fifth and sixth national titles.

The coach signed a new deal last year, and was offered a significant raise in April but sources said he declined to immediately sign that deal. 

Gov. Ned Lamont told reporters during a late morning event in Fairfield that the state will “make sure he’s the top paid college coach,” according to a social media report.

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