- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island basketball coach Danny Hurley has signed a new deal designed to keep him in South Kingstown.

The six-year contract, signed Wednesday, will raise Hurley’s compensation package from about $630,000 this season to a guaranteed $1 million by the 2017-18 season.

Hurley led the Rams to a 23-10 record and a berth in the NIT during his third season as coach.

Hurley’s base salary will remain at $300,000. His additional compensation will come in part from gate receipts, with any shortfall being picked up by the URI Foundation.

There is a buyout clause that would have Hurley pay the school between $500,000 and $1.2 million if he leaves during the life of the contract.

Hurley had been mentioned as a possible candidate at St. John’s, which instead hired Chris Mullin on Wednesday.

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