Rhode Island can talk to Dan Hurley

NEW YORK -- Rhode Island has been granted permission to speak with Wagner men's basketball coach Dan Hurley about its head coaching vacancy, a Wagner spokesperson confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

Rhode Island fired coach Jim Baron on March 4. The Rams went 7-24 this past season and 4-12 in the Atlantic 10. Baron had been coach since 2001 and had two years remaining on his contract.

Hurley, son of Hall of Fame high school coach Bob Hurley, has executed a remarkable turnaround in his two seasons at Wagner. The Seahawks went 5-26 in 2009-10, the season before he arrived. Last season, Wagner improved to 13-17, and this year the Seahawks went 25-6, including 15-3 in the Northeast Conference.

The 25 wins set a school single-season record. Wagner finished second in the NEC, a game behind LIU Brooklyn, and lost in the NEC tournament semifinals to Robert Morris.

Wagner turned down invitations to both the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), hoping for a spot in the NIT, but the Seahawks did not receive a bid.