Hurley says he wants to stay at Buffalo

By Nick Veronica | Updated at 9:17 p.m. Tuesday

UB basketball coach Bobby Hurley, who interviewed at DePaul last weekend and is rumored to be in the mix for several other openings, said Tuesday that he plans to continue coaching at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley

Bobby Hurley

“My heart is here in Buffalo with this group of kids that I’m coaching and that’s what I plan to do here going forward,” Hurley said Tuesday morning on ESPN’s “The Herd” radio show, in an interview with host Colin Cowherd.

“These guys really delivered and put Buffalo on the map, for the first time in school history playing in the NCAA Tournament, and that’s why this stuff is going on,” Hurley said of having his name thrown around for seemingly every vacancy in the NCAA.

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Later Tuesday, Hurley told Sports Illustrated, “I feel I will be back coaching Buffalo next season.”

But his commitment wasn’t ironclad.

“There’s nothing of really anything substantial that has my interest at this point,” Hurley added.

The Buffalo News reported last week that the school had reached an agreement in principle with Hurley to become the highest-paid coach in the Mid-American Conference, with a base salary over $550,000. DePaul this week hired Dave Leitao after Hurley and Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew reportedly turned down the Big East school.

The rest of Hurley’s roughly five-minute ESPN interview focused on his thoughts about the Final Four and his experience playing at Duke under Coach K. Hurley was also a great salesman for UB, weaving in references leading Kentucky at halftime, playing Wisconsin, and having several players appear on SportsCenter every chance he could.