The University at Buffalo aims to do everything it can to keep high-profile men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley on the job as long as it can.
UB has begun talking with Hurley about another contract extension in the wake of the Bulls’ strong finish to the regular season. UB stands 21-9 and claimed the Mid-American Conference’s East Division title and its No. 2 seed for the conference tournament.
Hurley, 43, has a record of 40-19 in two seasons with the Bulls. He received a contract extension a year ago, a little more than a year into the job. That extension added a year to the deal, taking it through the 2018-19 season. It also fulfilled UB’s right under his original contract to an option to extend his deal within the first 24 months of his employment.
Hurley, the all-time great former Duke point guard, makes an annual salary of $300,000, not including some perks. That also does not including his take of 25 percent of net ticket revenue over $300,000. UB views that as a significant clause because of its growth potential. UB’s average attendance this year was 3,639, almost double the total of five years ago (1,977).
UB plays a semifinal game in the MAC Tournament on Friday in Cleveland.
Kenney new Bona AD
Tim Kenney, executive associate athletic director at UMass, has been named the new athletic director at St. Bonaventure, the university announced Tuesday.
Kenney, 44, has been at UMass since 2004, first serving as associate athletic director for advancement through 2010. Of note:
• Kenney was an All-American and Academic All-America swimmer while earning his undergraduate degree in sports management and exercise science from UB in 1993. He has a master’s in sports administration and physical education from Florida State.
• His wife Maureen grew up in Grand Island.
• Kenney will take over in mid-April the position that’s been held by interim athletic director Dr. Ron Zwierlein since shortly after Steve Watson left the AD post in December to take the same job at Loyola-Chicago.
Derek Morel, the current director of athletics at the University of New Orleans, was the other finalist for the position.
“We’re thrilled to bring someone of Tim’s caliber on board,” said Bona President Sr. Margaret Carney in a statement. “The experience he’s garnered in so many facets of Division I athletics is invaluable to us.”
Ndoye, Posley honored
St. Bonaventure’s Youssou Ndoye and Marcus Posley earned third-team honors on the Atlantic 10’s all-conference team, announced Tuesday.
Ndoye, a senior center, also made the A-10’s all-defensive team. Ndoye is averaging 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. Posley, a junior guard, is averaging 16.5 points a game, sixth best in the A-10.
Bona (17-12) plays Saint Joseph’s at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Brooklyn in the first round of the A-10 Tournament.
The Atlantic 10 all-stars:
First team: Tyler Kalinoski, Davidson; Jordan Sibert, Dayton; Kendall Anthony, Richmond; DeAndre’ Bembry, Saint Joseph’s; Treveon Graham, VCU.
Second team: Jack Gibbs, Davidson; Brian Sullivan, Davidson; Dyshawn Pierre, Dayton; Jordan Price, La Salle; Hassan Martin, Rhode Island; E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island.
Third team: Shevon Thompson, George Mason; Kevin Larsen, George Washington; Cady Lalanne, UMass; Youssou Ndoye,St. Bonaventure; Marcus Posley, St. Bonaventure.
All-Defensive team: Patricio Garino, George Washington; Hassan Martin, Rhode Island; Youssou Ndoye, St. Bonaventure; Mo Alie-Cox, VCU; Briante Weber, VCU.
Player of the Year: Tyler Kalinoski, Davidson.
Defensive Player of the Year: Briante Weber, VCU.
Rookie of the Year: Eric Paschall, Fordham.
Coach of the Year: Bob McKillop, Davidson
Sixth Man Award: ShawnDre’ Jones, Richmond.
Griffs to CIT
Canisius College has accepted a bid for its men’s basketball team to play in the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament. The Golden Griffins will play at home against a foe to be determined on March 18.
The Griffs played in the CIT each of the last two years. The CIT was created in 2009. It includes 32 teams and is geared toward mid-major schools that do not get bids to the NCAA or NIT tournaments. Murray State won the event last year.
Canisius (16-14) was eliminated from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Saturday.
Tickets for the game will officially go on sale Wednesday. Tickets cost $10 adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Canisius ticket office in the Koessler Athletic Center lobby between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, by calling the Canisius ticket office at (716) 888-2885, or online at Ticketmaster.com. Canisius season ticket holders will be able to claim their seats up until noon on March 18.