Bobby Hurley, the Rhode Island Rams assistant basketball coach and brother of head coach Dan Hurley, is an assistant no longer. In news that broke seemingly out of nowhere and became official very quickly, Bobby was named the head coach of the Buffalo Bulls men’s basketball team this afternoon. Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com was one of the first to report the story, and an official announcement on the Buffalo official athletic website came a short time after.
The first thought in the minds of most Rhody fans is… Buffalo? It does seem a little odd, especially considering Bobby reportedly turned down the Wagner head coaching job when Dan Hurley was hired by URI. And Wagner is very close to the Hurley’s stomping ground. Buffalo is… well, way up there. In “He Who Must Not Be Named” territory. But Bill Koch of College Chalktalk tweeted out a potential link:
— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) March 26, 2013
Obviously, this is a tough blow to the Rhode Island Rams. Even though Hurley was only here for one season, he made his mark on the program with his high energy on the sidelines. His work with URI’s guards should also not go overlooked. Seemingly every report refers to Bobby as “former Duke Blue Devils star”, but Ram fans know him as much more. Here are Dan Hurley’s thoughts on his older brother:
“I am excited for Bobby and the great opportunity he has ahead of him at the University at Buffalo. The last few years we have coached together have been special and I know he is ready for this next step. Buffalo is getting a great coach and an even better person.”
So where does this leave the Rams? The obvious thinking is that Preston Murphy maybe moves up the ranks and becomes Dan’s right-hand man. Jim Carr could also be in the mix for that slot. And there’s now a coaching vacancy on the staff, so that’s one more thing to monitor as we move through the off-season. Obviously there will be more to come on that front.