Niagara Gazette


March 26, 2013

UB names Bobby Hurley as new head coach


Niagara Gazette — His father, Bob Hurley Sr., is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach at St. Anthony’s, where he's led 25 teams to a state championship and has accrued more than 1,000 wins.

Hurley was coached at Duke by legendary Mike Krzyewski, whose 925 career wins are the most in Division-1 college basketball history.

"I am incredibly happy for Bobby and for the Buffalo basketball program,” Krzyewski said in a release. “What a great marriage it will be for Bobby to work with Danny White. The two will form an incredible team that will take Buffalo basketball to another level of success. Bobby Hurley is as good of a competitor and the equal of any guard to play in the history of college basketball."

White also has ties to Duke, as his father, Kevin White, is the school's athletic director.

White’s controversial firing of Witherspoon was considered to be a result of the coach’s inability to earn Buffalo its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Hurley's NCAA tournament experience as a player likely appealed to the first-year AD.

“I’ve seen a lot of success and I understand what it takes,” Hurley said. “You don’t get to the NCAA Tournament a couple of weeks before it happens, it's starting to happen now. There are obviously players in the program people think highly of and I’m looking forward to getting to work with them. When we roll into October next year we’re going to have some pretty high expectations because this is a veteran team and these guys have one more opportunity to put a stamp on their careers and have a chance to play in the tournament.”

The Bulls return every key contributor except for guard Tony Watson next season, including Javon McCrea, who was named First-Team All-MAC in his sophomore and junior seasons.

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