Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley was rumored to be St. John’s top target when the Red Storm coaching job opened up a few days ago. However, he’s not leaving the desert.
Hurley released a statement tonight reaffirming his commitment to ASU, saying he and his family want to remain there for “a long time. This announcement came in the middle of Hurley negotiating a new contract with his current employer.
Hurley acknowledged the discussions in his statement on Twitter, though he declined to go into details. The 47-year-old former Duke legend has been the head coach of the Sun Devils for the last four seasons.
Forks Up 🔱 pic.twitter.com/Adlxsh8aPQ
— Bobby Hurley (@BobbyHurley11) April 12, 2019
According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Hurley agreed to a new five-year contract with the Sun Devils.
Arizona State and Bobby Hurley have agreed to a new five-year deal, source told @stadium. Hurley was pursued by St. John’s, but opted to remain in Tempe – where he will try and take the Sun Devils to the NCAA tourney for the third straight season.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 12, 2019
Hurley owns a 73-58 record in Tempe. He’s led his team to the NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons.
ASU lost in the “First Four” to Syracuse in 2018 but (ironically) beat St. John’s in a play-in game this year before losing to Hurley’s former school Buffalo in the Round of 64.
Counting his time at Buffalo, Hurley has been to three NCAA Tournaments in six seasons as a head coach.