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Nora Lewis

New head coach Dan Hurley is relentlessly transforming the menís basketball team

Itís 8:45 a.m. on October 17, and Dan Hurley is walking into Keaney Gymnasium for the fifth official day of practice with the URI menís basketball team. He is dealing with a hoarse voice and, like so many other Rhode Islanders in the morning, carrying a cup of coffee from Dunkiní Donuts.

For the next three hours, Hurley will set out upon a calculated itinerary of coaching, encouraging, correcting, and teaching with the 15 student-athletes wearing the blue and white practice gear. Each practice session begins with a goal, follows a minute-by-minute plan, and ends with a solution: becoming better than the day before.

The principles that guide day five do not differ from those of the previous 211 days since he was named the 19th head basketball...

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