I have long thought of Dan as "different" with regards to traditional college coaches.
The conversations I've had with him are always face value and transparent. There are things he's said to me that I wouldn't ever put on a public forum but would lend me to believe he's a lot more like his father. Leave a legacy, become a community pillar, win.
9 years as a high school coach with opportunities to go elsewhere and chase money, even when it would've greatly helped.
It tore him apart to leave a low major school after only 2 seasons - he still even has them listed in his twitter bio. He's proud of what he did there and the only reason he left is because he wanted to play in March. After winning 25 games and coming up just short in the conference tourney, that didn't get him into March.
He probably goes back and forth on many things (as everyone does) - just like when he initially said he didn't want to coach past 50, and then changed his lifestyle/diet so that he could plan to do just that.
What Dan values most in life is his family, and then winning at basketball. Dan will put himself and his family in whichever situation is best for both of those things.
From my understanding he, Andrea, and the kids love RI. Close enough to Jersey family. Playing in a conference that has multiple games in an area close by.
The finances don't matter to him as much as other coaches, and he frequently mentions the fact that his agent does all of that for him. He doesn't even like talking about money. He wants to coach and win and will be in the situation that makes that easiest for him.
My honest thought is that if we keep Dan through this offseason, the new class comes in and blows peoples minds/makes a back-door run to he NCAAs, and ground breaks on a practice facility...Dan will buy into a LONG term plan to stay and win here.
If EC/Hass and Jared/Jarvis' classes built the foundation for a "darkhorse" or second weekend team - then Tate/Harris/Adams/Martin could be the foundation for a team that goes even further.
If Dan gets attached to any of next year's class like he did EC and Hass, leaving would be even harder than it was at Wagner.
The A10 is traditionally a 3-4 bid league - but worst case Dan has set himself up to run this conference and collect and NCAA bid on the regular.
Look at what's happened to Shaka and Archie. From near-guaranteed NCAA tournaments/positive seeds to struggles to even make the field.
I truly believe Dan just wants to put himself in a position to win basketball games, go into March, and be set up to run deep.
IF and it's a big IF - URI can support him in everything he needs (chartered flights to all away games, charters for recruiting visits, practice facility, assistant coaches salary pool to keep talent around him, and full arenas) I can see him staying and becoming a legend.
He will certainly get looks from the Syracuses/UConns/Louisvilles of the world - but does he want to be known as the second Calhoun, Boeheim, or Pitino? Or does he want to be the first Dan Hurley?
Lets just go deep and win big this March so he sees he doesn't need to go elsewhere to accomplish that.
Rhode Island Born
Rhode Island Bred
this team will give me heart attacks
til I'm Rhode Island dead.