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Report: Hurley turns down Lakers offer to stay with UConn

Joe Rondone-The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK
Dan Hurley, who coached the Connecticut Huskies to back-to-back NCAA titles, turned down the Lakers' multi-year deal for a chance a third title.

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers will continue their search for a new coach.

Dan Hurley, who coached the Connecticut Huskies to back-to-back NCAA men’s basketball championships, was offered a multi-year deal by the Lakers but turned it down to stay in the college ranks. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news.

According to ESPN, Hurley said that the Lakers made a “compelling case” and was left “extremely impressed” after conversations with general manager Rob Pelinka and governor Jeanie Buss. But in the end, Hurley decided to go after a third straight NCAA title with the Huskies.

It was reported that Hurley had been in the forefront of the Lakers’ search since the beginning of the process. There were other reports that mentioned that JJ Redick would end up becoming the coach.

But now it’s back to square one. Who ends up with the Lakers head coaching gig is anyone’s guess.

Will it be Redick? Will it be James Borrego? Is there another secret candidate that had also been in the forefront since the start of this search?