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Bobby Hurley hired as next men's basketball coach

The former Blue Devil is now a Sun Devil

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

After Herb Sendek was fired 16 days ago, ASU finally has their new basketball coach and his name is Bobby Hurley. Jeff Goodman was first with the news on Twitter.

Hurley, 43, will become the 16th head coach in the history of the program. He has spent the last two seasons at the University of Buffalo where he accumulated a 42-20 record. He most recently led the Bulls to a 23-10 mark this season with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He spent his years playing on Tobacco Road at Duke from 1989-93 under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. While there, he won back-to-back national championships playing guard while feeding the ball to Christian Laettner.

He went on to play five years in the NBA, mostly with the Sacramento Kings where he averaged 3.8 points in 269 games mostly as a role player off the bench.

ASU hired Hurley after Duke Associate Head Coach Jeff Capel said he wasn't interested in the ASU job on Tuesday. The move spread some panic throughout the ASU fan base, knowing the Sun Devils needed a coach by Friday with spring recruiting starting up. Hurley was in Aruba at the time which made matters more difficult.

At Buffalo, Hurley made $300,000 last season and had agreed in principle to extend his contract there which would have made him the highest paid coach in the Mid-American Conference at just over $550,000. The terms of Hurley's deal with ASU have not yet been released.

Update 3:55p.m.: Doug Haller is reporting Hurley's deal is for five years. Paola Bolvin reporting Buffalo assistant Levi Watkins will be part of his staff at ASU.