Despite allegations otherwise, Rhode Island athletic director Thorr Bjorn on Thursday denied any "derogatory expletive remarks" were made by Rams coach Dan Hurley or his staff toward Maryland players during the postgame handshake at the Cancun Challenge on Saturday night.
A tournament official said Hurley directed an expletive at Maryland players after the Terps' 86-63 victory, according to The Washington Post, and the teams had to be separated prior to the awards presentation.
"After extensive conversations with our head coach, staff, and administrators who were on the floor for the postgame handshakes, I am 100 percent confident that neither Dan Hurley, nor any member of our coaching staff made any derogatory expletive remarks or offensive statements toward the Maryland student-athletes," Bjorn said in a statement. "Any report, rumor, allegation to the contrary is false."
Earlier in the game, Hurley and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon had a verbal exchange after Jake Layman's 3-pointer with 1:41 left as Maryland pushed its lead to 24 points.
Turgeon had no comment on the incidents after the game, and Hurley avoided specifics in his comments, saying, "Heat of the moment, championship game. Stuff happens."