It is amazing to me how much other teams' fans dislike Hurley. I get that he is demonstrative on the sideline sometimes, which honestly bothers me absolutely zero, but I understand if you're a fan of the other team it's low hanging fruit to criticize. The thing I don't understand is what else they don't like. I'm really not saying this because we are having a good season - I've said this since I first got to know him a little when he got here - it's hard for me to think of a coach I've ever rooted for who I liked or respected more as a human being. He's about all the right things and all the things I care about. In a basketball world full of slime balls and hucksters and cheats and guys who use kids and/or abuse kids, Dan is legitimately as opposite of that college basketball prototype as I've seen. Like, he is a genuinely good guy, a family guy, a hard working guy, an honest guy, an authentic guy, a true basketball guy and a really smart guy. Insofar as a team is a reflection of their coach, his teams here have been testaments to his character: hard working and close knit, players go to class, players graduate, players buy into the program, players are well spoken and good natured, players love each other and players love their coach.
Sorry for the weird overly gushing rant, but it just mystifies me that fans of other teams are so unanimously anti-Dan. Why? Because he yells at some refs? Pretty stupid and pretty shallow reason to dislike someone who is otherwise a really stand up individual.
It is not limited to just Dayton. Fans for nearly every A-10 team regularly hate on Hurley and use all sorts of nasty terms. It is pretty common and seems to be quite acceptable for these other fan-bases.
These other fans are really one dimensional and only see one aspect of Dan - his game sideline behavior. They ignore all other aspects of the man. They do not credit him for running a clean program, give him little to no credit for the program's success, assign him no props for his recruiting (all done off his last name according to them), and completely ignore his relationships with his players. I doubt any of them would even know that in this era of transfers, Dan has had ZERO players leave the program the last two seasons. That is not the case at nearly all the other A-10 schools. Yet, I think the ill-informed fans across the A-10 would be shocked to hear this as it does not fit their false narrative. They all have the preconception that Dan is a complete maniac in all he does. They just assume he must be like that with his players. The irony of course is that while A-10 fans have been all over Dan in recent years, they completely missed the fact that there was a coach in the league that did have a lot of character issues and was supposedly abusive to players - Mike Lonergan at GW. Colonial fans were like other A-10 fans attacking Hurley while the real problem coach went undetected right under their nose at Foggy Bottom.
It is rather strange reading the intense hatred from other fans toward Dan. It is a bit unnatural, obsessive, petty, and very childlike. Very odd behavior on their part that cannot easily be explained. My own personal feeling is that do not want to admit that Hurley has made such great strides. There is a hint of jealousy in their attitude toward him and it appears to make them feel better by ignoring that and instead heap hate on him. These fans could keep an army of psychologists quite busy.