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Report: Bobby Hurley possible front runner, 'serious candidate' for ASU head coach

The former Blue Devil star may be the next Sun Devil coach

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

According to Gary Parrish of, ASU could be targeting University of Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley as the next head coach of the Sun Devil men's basketball program.

The move comes one day after Parrish broke the news that Duke Associate Head Coach Jeff Capel had removed himself from consideration for the ASU job.

Hurley is 43 years old and has been the head coach at  Buffalo for the past two seasons accumulating a 42-20 record. Most recently in 2014 he led Buffalo to a 23-10 mark and the NCAA Tournament. He was most notably a guard for the Duke Blue Devils from 1989-93 and helped Duke win back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992 alongside Christian Laettner under Mike Krzyzewski.

Parrish had this to say in his report on Hurley:

Sources told that Hurley has spent the past few days vacationing in Aruba but that he's expected to return to the United States on Thursday. It's possible a deal could be finalized upon Hurley's return, multiple sources told

Perhaps the most significant detail here is that Hurley returns from Aruba on Thursday. Chris Karpman of originally reported Hurley's difficult global position Wednesday afternoon.

ASU needs to act as quickly as possible to lock up a coach with a spring recruiting period starting Friday.

Other notes from the coaching search:

  • Ray Anderson appeared on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Thursday. Here's a recap of Anderson's comments.
  • Jeff Goodman reported Thursday that ASU had interviewed New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies for the coaching position. Both Doug Haller and Karpman confirmed this report, but Karpman later tweeted he's "relatively sure" it won't be him.

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