Arizona State has signed men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley to a two-year contract extension, the school announced Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know:
- Hurley’s new deal will keep him in the program through the 2025-26 season.
- He spent eight seasons leading the Sun Devils, compiling a 141-113 record and making three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
- Arizona went 23-13 this season, entering the NCAA Tournament as the No. 11 seed after a First Four victory over Nevada. The Sun Devils were eliminated with a 72-70 loss in the first round to No. 6 TCU.
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– Sun Devil MBB (SunDevil Hoops) March 22, 2023
the athleteInstant Analysis:
Was this the right call?
Despite Arizona’s strong finish, it wasn’t a great decision. Hurley and Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson did not have the best relationship during their time at Tempe. Hurley’s contract expired after the 2024 season. Waiting for this extension so long was embarrassing at best, leaving many wondering if Hurley might leave on his own. In the end, the extension was what was best for both parties. This season Arizona played its best basketball when it mattered most, beating rival Arizona, advancing to the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament and beating Nevada in the First Four. Hurley deserved a chance to build on this success. – Haller
What’s next for ASU?
Arizona should address the Desert Financial Arena. Built in 1974, the on-campus facility has been decades old. Former ASU coach Bill Frieder called it outdated—in 1989. He told a former Pac-12 coach who worked in multiple conferences the athlete This week is among the worst college arenas he has visited. The locker rooms are subpar. The video board is old. In its current state, Arizona is an NCAA tournament “bubble” program. This is the basis. Some years it works out and the Sun Devils dance. Others, they don’t. To become a program that can advance consistently in the NCAA Tournament, more resources are required. – Haller
what are they saying
“Coach Hurley has made our program nationally relevant with many important victories and exciting style, along with a strong commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes,” Anderson said in a statement Tuesday. “He made it clear to us that he wanted to be here and we’ve done the same with him. We share strong confidence in the current and future state of Sun Devil men’s basketball.”
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