Mar 14, 2024 - News

Report: ASU hasn't finalized basketball coach Bobby Hurely's contract extension

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ASU head coach Bobby Hurley. Photo: Chris Coduto/Getty Images

ASU has yet to sign a contract extension with men's basketball head coach Bobby Hurley despite announcing the deal a year ago and giving Hurley a raise, the Arizona Republic reports.

Why it matters: The situation raises questions about ASU Athletics' business management during a period of chaos and scrutiny.

  • A sports attorney told the Republic the long delay in formalizing Hurley's extension is "extraordinarily unusual."

The intrigue: Hurley's agent, Matthew Kelly, blamed the lag on ASU.

  • The school's athletics director, Ray Anderson, resigned in November after months of public pressure and has not yet been replaced.
  • "I'd say that getting stuff done at Arizona State — and not just Ray but a lot of the folks there sometimes — it's just a challenge, to say that in the nicest way," Kelly told the Republic.

Catch up quick: Hurley took over Sun Devil basketball in 2015.

  • He's taken his teams to the NCAA tournament in three of the last five years, excluding the 2020 season disrupted by COVID-19.
  • In March 2023, ASU announced it would extend Hurley's contract through the 2025-2026 season.
  • The deal increased Hurley's salary by $100,000 in its first year, and ASU has given Hurley that raise despite not having signed the contract, according to the Republic.

What we're watching: Without a signed extension, Hurley's contract ends June 30.

  • Kelly and ASU told the Republic they expect the deal will be finalized imminently.

Yes, but: Until both parties sign on the dotted line, Hurley's future with ASU is not guaranteed.

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