Rhode Island men's basketball coach Dan Hurley, a member of New Jersey's first family of basketball, reportedly has rebuffed advances on Thursday to become the Rutgers basketball. Hurley, who was a former Scarlet Knights assistant coach, has told Rutgers that he will return to Rhode Island for a second season, according to NewJersey.com. The school is expected to announce a contract extension this week. Rutgers is attempting to fill its men's basketball coaching position that became vacant last week when Mike Rice was fired. He was let go after three seasons when video of physical and verbal abuse of his players in practices came to light. He originally was suspended three games in December, but reaction to the video becoming public caused Rutgers officials to change their mind. Five players have been transferred in the past year. The school is also considering former Rutgers great Eddie Jordan and La Salle coach John Giannini. Assistant coach David Cox is currently running the program.
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