ASU coaching hunt ends with Bobby Hurley hiring

Well, maybe the Sun Devils weren’t in as dire of a search for a new head coach as we thought they were.

ASU has hired Bobby Hurley as their new coach, per an ESPN report. The hirinng comes just a day after it was revealed that Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel had backed out as front-runner for the coaching vacancy.

It is, in fact, a positive pick up for the Sun Devils, as Hurley reportedly “had strong interest in ASU from the start.”

Arizona State Director of Athletics Ray Anderson said in a statement about the hiring, “Bobby Hurley epitomizes basketball excellence, with a keen knowledge of the game that stems from his lifelong involvement in the sport.

“His childhood consisted of watching the defining moments of the NCAA Tournament; his high school days included a 115-5 record on the court and four state titles; and his college career, with an excellence exemplified by two national championships and his No. 11 jersey hanging in the rafters at Cameron Indoor.”

The candidates for the coaching job did coincidently shift from Duke coach Capel to the former Duke player. He played in three Final Fours which also produced two championship-winning teams. His junior year, he was named NCAA’s Most Outstanding Player on the tournament and was an All-American in 1993.

He has followed up a productive collegiate career as a Blue Devils point guard to a bright coaching career. He went 42-20 in two seasons at Buffalo, leading the Bulls to a 23-10 this past campaign and played in the program’s first NCAA Tournament.

Granted this new coaching venture promises to be taxing, as the Sun Devils need a lot of work. But someone with Hurley’s grit and heart is probably the best guy for the job.

Hurley replaces Herb Sendek, who served as ASU’s head coach for nine seasons.

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