Dan Hurley has chosen to return to UConn and try to win a third straight national championship rather than accept a big offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, which was reportedly a six-year, $70 million contract.

WAMC Sports Report 6/11/24: Dan Hurley turns down Lakers, will stay at  UConn | WAMC

Hurley made the decision to keep enhancing UConn’s championship culture even though he was regarded as one of the NBA’s highest-paid coaches.

Hurley conveyed his appreciation for the Lakers’ opportunity, but he also highlighted his pride in UConn’s championship tradition, saying he intends to keep working toward success there. A new contract is being discussed with UConn, and the governor of the state will make sure Hurley is paid more than any other college coach.

David Benedict, the athletic director of UConn, affirmed Hurley’s choice while complimenting his leadership and the program’s accomplishments while working with him. Hurley made the decision to stay after leading UConn to consecutive national championships, hoping to become the second program in history to accomplish a three-peat.

Hurley’s decision emphasizes his dedication to UConn and the pursuit of more success with the Huskies, despite lucrative offers from the NBA. The Lakers will begin their coaching search and may take possibilities like James Borrego and JJ Redick into consideration.

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