Bobby Hurley will remain the coach of Arizona State’s men’s basketball team for the foreseeable future.
Hurley and the Sun Devils agreed to a new five-year extension Thursday, according to Stadium, despite reports that previously linked him as the favorite to land the St. John’s job and replace Chris Mullin, who stepped down earlier this week.
While Hurley didn’t completely confirm the report, he did release a statement of his own Thursday revealing he will remain at Arizona State for a “long time.”
“I am thankful to President [Michael] Crow and [athletic director] Ray Anderson for entrusting me to lead the basketball program at Arizona State,” Hurley wrote in a statement. “My family and I are proud to be Sun Devils and want to remain at Arizona State for a long time. We are in discussions to extend our agreement and I look forward to continuing to build our program for long-term success.
“I will have no further public comment on my contract status until our agreement is finalized. Thank you, Sun Devil Nation.”
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In his fourth season with the Sun Devils, Hurley led his team to a 23-11 record and a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. It marked the first time in over 35 years that Arizona State made the tournament in back-to-back seasons. ASU defeated St. John’s in the First Four but lost to Buffalo in the first round.
Before taking the Arizona State job ahead of the 2015-16 season, Hurley coached two seasons with Buffalo. He compiled a 42-20 record and led the Bulls to their first NCAA Tournament during the 2014-15 season.
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