UConn Report podcast: Dan Hurley on Year 4, Sanogo, Gaffney, frontcourt, Luke Murray, Sopranos, etc.

UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley meets with the media after the team’s first practice on Sept. 28, 2021 in Storrs, Conn.

UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley meets with the media after the team’s first practice on Sept. 28, 2021 in Storrs, Conn.

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As UConn readies to begin Year 4 under Dan Hurley, what expectations does the Huskies’ coach have for his team?

How good can UConn’s frontcourt of Adama Sanogo, Isaiah Whaley, Akok Akok, Samson Johnson and Richie Springs be? What does Jalen Gaffney have to do to ensure his playing time doesn’t decrease? How different will UConn’s offense be this year (and the next few years) with big men as a focal point? What has Luke Murray brought to the program in his first few months as an assistant coach, both on the practice floor and the recruiting trail?

Hearst Connecticut Sports · UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley joins the show

Hurley answers all of these questions and many more in an exclulsive, one-on-one chat. What does he think of analytics and the 3-pointer-or-layup/dunk philosophy of his pal, Nate Oates? What’s he looking to get out of First Night on Friday and a pair of “secret” scrimmages in the ensuing couple of weeks — and how the heck did he once get ejected from a closed-door scrimmage on his own home floor?

But it’s not just basketball we tackle, as Hurley reveals some his favorite TV series, how he occupies his downtime and (yeah, we went there) what’s his favorite movie by Bill Murray, Luke’s famous father? His answer might bowl you over.

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