Bobby Hurley is striking while the iron is hot. According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman and CBS Sports' Gary Parrish, Hurley will leave the Buffalo Bulls to take the Arizona State Sun Devils' head coaching vacancy.
ASU athletic director Ray Anderson provided a statement in a program release about the hire, which read in part:
I am thrilled to announce Bobby Hurley as the new head men's basketball coach at Arizona State University.
We conducted an exhaustive search and after numerous discussions with many of basketball's most knowledgeable and respected individuals, one thing became clear: Bobby is the right person to lead this program to new heights.
We have a leader who, along with our university and our community, is committed to helping Sun Devil Basketball thrive. With Bobby at the helm, we will provide the necessary resources to compete within our state, our conference and across the nation. We are intent on becoming an elite men's basketball program.
The Sun Devils welcomed their new coach on Twitter:
Doug Haller of AZCentral.com provided a statement from Hurley:
Hurley has spent the last two seasons in Buffalo, compiling a 42-20 overall record.
Haller provided contract details on the deal:
The Bulls won the Mid-American Conference championship this past year and were eliminated in the second round of the 2015 NCAA tournament by the West Virginia Mountaineers. It was the first time in school history they made the Big Dance.
ESPN's Sean Farnham is a fan of the hiring:
Hurley replaces Herb Sendek, who went 159-137 in his nine years at the school. The Sun Devils went to the NCAA tournament twice in Sendek's tenure.
Although Arizona State's hated rival, the Arizona Wildcats, casts a big shadow over the Pac-12, the conference doesn't have a wealth of great teams.
The graduation of Shaquielle McKissic will certainly leave a hole on the Sun Devils' roster, but it's not unrealistic to expect ASU to be a serious competitor in the Pac-12 inside of a few years.
Hurley has shown that he can find success, and now he'll try to recreate it at a program that is hungry to play deep into March.