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New Arizona State basketball coach Bobby Hurley releases statement

The Arizona State Sun Devils found their new men’s basketball coach, announcing Thursday it had decided on Bobby Hurley to be the one to replace Herb Sendek.

The new coach, who will be introduced in Tempe Friday morning, released this statement:

While it was an extremely difficult decision to move on from my team in Buffalo, this is a tremendous opportunity and I want to thank Mr. Anderson and Dr. Crow for selecting me as the leader of the ASU men’s basketball program.

To the 942 Crew: You are pioneers and are truly special, so thank you for changing the way students participate in the game with the Curtain of Distraction. To the fans: Our passion, enthusiasm and energy will breed a culture you will be proud to support. To all of our former players: You are the lifeblood of the program and one of my primary objectives will be to engage you and bring you back home. With our fast-paced and aggressive style of play, we are going to make Sun Devil Basketball a destination for in-state, national, and international basketball talent.

Our purpose is to mold championship-caliber young men on the court, in the classroom and around the community. We are here to set a new standard, to make regular trips to the NCAA Tournament, and regularly compete for conference and national titles.

With the full support of this community there is no doubt in my mind we are going to build something truly special here in Tempe.

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