"We would like to thank Bobby for his contributions growing our men's basketball program," said Athletic Director Danny White. "It is important for us to continue to build on the success with a new leader and I am extremely confident that we will find a leader who can take our program to even greater heights."
Buffalo has begun the evaluation process and a search for a new head coach of the men's basketball program is underway, according to White.
FIRST HEAD COACHING GIG
Buffalo was Hurley’s first collegiate head coaching position, and he took over the Bulls March 26, 2013. He replaced Reggie Witherspoon, who compiled a 96-142 record in 14 seasons at the UB helm. The Bulls went 20-13 and 19-9 overall before dipping to 14-20 in Witherspoon’s final year (2012-13).
Hurley led Buffalo to a 19-10 overall record in his first season. The 13-5 Mid-American Conference record was good for first in the MAC East. However, the Bulls were knocked out in quarterfinal action of the MAC tournament and did not make it to further tournament action.
Despite the loss of conference MVP Javon McCrea, the Bulls put together an even better season in 2014-15. Justin Moss moved into McCrea’s role and won MVP honors. UB again won the East and this time also won the MAC tournament, as well. That put the Bulls in the NCAA tourney, where they fell to West Virginia, 68-62 in round of 64 play. That left Buffalo with a 23-10 overall record (12-6 MAC).
HURLEY REPLACES HERB SENDEK
After weeks of speculation concerning a potential move by Hurley, he accepted the Arizona State job. He replaces Herb Sendek, who was fired after nine seasons as the Sun Devils head coach.
Ironically, Sendek also started his head coaching career in the MAC. He was head coach at Miami University from 1994-1996. His Miami teams compiled a record of 63 wins and 26 losses, while going 5-14 in the conference. All three squads reached post season play – two NIT appearances and one NCAA second round appearance. Sendek then spent 10 seasons at North Carolina State before taking over the Arizona State job.