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State could have problem with potential hiring

March 20, 2012

There are reports circulating that Wagner's Danny Hurley will have a decision today as to if he will accept the offer to become the next coach of the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team, one thing is certain - it will be difficult for him to bring a key assistant coach along.
Bobby Hurley is Danny's older brother and currently an assistant at Wagner. A report from silive.com - a Staten Island-based website - said should Danny Hurley come to URI, the school would try to keep Bobby on as head coach.

Hurley visited URI

March 19, 2012

It was a busy weekend for rumors in Kingston over the weekend about Wagner's Danny Hurley taking the job as head coach for the URI men's basketball team.
GoLocalProv.com reported Hurley had been hired to replace the departed Jim Baron, a report URI AD Thorr Bjorn denied when reached by the Providence Journal Friday night.
Bjorn didn't deny - and reading the report, didn't confirm either - Hurley had visited the campus, but now there is no doubt Hurley was in Kingston Saturday morning.

Murphy remains on staff

March 9, 2012

By ERIC RUEB
erueb@ricentral.com

With Jim Baron released from his contract – or, in layman’s terms, fired – as head coach of the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball coach along with 10-year assistant Pat Clarke and first-year assistant Larry Harris, the only coach still left standing is a name any URI fan is familiar with.
Preston Murphy, who played guard for the Rams from 1995-1999, returned to Kingston as an as assistant coach in 2010 and, after Sunday’s decision from URI Direction of Athletics Thorr Bjorn, is the only coach left standing.

URI's Harris had his suspicions

March 8, 2012

By ERIC RUEB
erueb@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE – Larry Harris has been around college basketball long enough and when word came down Sunday that University of Rhode Island men’s basketball coach was being released from his contract and Harris and fellow assistant Pat Clarke wouldn’t have their contracts renewed, he wasn’t surprised.
“I was more disappointed than anything,” Harris said. “[Baron] has done a good job there and it’s the old analogy – when a guy is down let’s kick him.”

Final two minutes cost EWG a title shot

March 8, 2012

By ERIC RUEB
erueb@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE – For 30 minutes, the Exeter-West Greenwich girls basketball team played like it was ready to go to the school’s first state championship game.
The last two minutes kept the Knights away from the Ryan Center.

Today's playoff schedule - Wednesday, March 7

March 7, 2012

Girls basketball
State Semifinals
Exeter-West Greenwich vs. Bay View at Rhode Island College, 8 p.m.

Mariners on to D-II finals

March 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE - The old adage is defense wins championships.
The Narragansett girls basketball team will find out for sure Saturday afternoon.
Using an aggressive three-quarter court trap, the Mariners forced 27 turnovers and in the second half turned most of them into points as Narragansett outscored Moses Brown by 22 points in the final 12 minutes, 40 seconds in its 55-32 win Tuesday night in the Division II Semifinals at Rhode Island College.
The Mariners move on to the D-II final Saturday at the Ryan Center at 4:30 against Classical, which beat Johnston 38-37 in early game Tuesday.

Two assistants also fired; Murphy remains on staff

March 5, 2012

Jim Baron wasn't the only one released from his contract Sunday; long-time assistant Pat Clarke and first-year assistant Larry Harris were also let go.

Today's playoff schedule - Sunday, March 4

March 4, 2012

Boys basketball
State Tournament Quarterfinals
North Kingstown vs. Rogers at Alumni Hall, 12, p.m.
Girls basketball
Division I quarterfinals
Exeter-West Greenwich vs. Barrington at RIC, 3 p.m.
North Kingstown vs. Bay View at RIC, 5 p.m.

Today's playoff schedule - Saturday, March 3

March 3, 2012

SATURDAY, MARCH 3
Girls basketball
Division II quarterfinals
Prout vs. Classical at Bay View, 1 p.m.
Narragansett vs. Scituate at Bay View, 3 p.m.
East Greenwich vs. Moses Brown at Bay View, 5 p.m.
Boys hockey
Division II quarterfinals
South Kingstown vs. Coventry at Boss Ice Arena, 8 p.m.
Prout vs. Providence Country Day at Lynch Arena, 7 p.m.
Wrestling
New England Championships at Providence Career and Technical Academy, 9 a.m.

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