On Tuesday afternoon, the Buffalo Bulls named their new head basketball coach and it’s a name that certainly should sound familiar to college basketball fans.
The Bulls, who have never qualified for the NCAA Tournament, fired Reggie Witherspoon after 14 seasons just last week. Their replacement is none other than former Duke point guard, Bobby Hurley.
Hurley, who won two national championships with the Blue Devils back in the early 90s, is well known in the world of college basketball. Hurley went on to become a first round NBA Draft selection by the Sacramento Kings, but a car accident during his rookie season set his career back. Hurley was out of the NBA by 1998, but has recently found his niche in coaching.
You see, Bobby’s brother Danny Hurley took over the program at Wagner just a few years ago and brought Bobby on as an assistant. The two made the move from Wagner to URI just last off-season, but after only one season under his brother in the A-10, Bobby is moving up to take over the Buffalo program.
There is no doubt that Hurley will have a great opportunity to boost the Bulls’ program, just considering his name and ties to the high school and college basketball ranks. Hurley will have his work cut out for him because Buffalo does not boast the greatest of history in basketball.
However, that’s what could make this a special situation for Hurley.
It’s a good hire and great fit for Buffalo, so let’s see if Hurley can make the most out of this opportunity.