After the Friars dramatic 74-72 win over the URI Rams at the Ryan Center, Providence coach Ed Cooley took the opportunity to clarify his feeling the idea of the rivalry.
"As a fan of, which I am, of Providence College and the University of Rhode Island - when the University of Rhode Island plays I promise I cheer for you every single game. When the state of Rhode Island is good in basketball, it’s good for everybody in this room that’s passionate about our state. As a fan it is a rivalry game. As a coach, it’s my job. It’s how I feed my kids. So when you talk to me about a rivalry - a rivalry is somebody that plays twice a season and compete for a league championship. To me, that defines a rivalry. As a coach, I'm here to play the schedule, I’m here to play the next game. And this was the next game on our schedule."