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UB's Hurley front-runner in DePaul's head coaching search, ESPN reports

UPDATE: ESPN reported Tuesday night that Hurley is the front-runner for the DePaul opening.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports that Hurley is expected to interview this weekend at DePaul, and that Parker Executive Search is helping DePaul with the process, the same company that was hired for UB's opening a couple of years ago.

ESPN reported also that Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew and former DePaul star and NBA coach Tyrone Corbin also are in the mix.

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Let the pursuit begin: University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Bobby Hurley is a target of DePaul University, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

DePaul is looking for a coach to replace Oliver Purnell, who resigned two weeks ago after compiling a record of 54-105 over five seasons.

The Tribune reported Hurley and Drew are expected to be two of the coaches in which DePaul is most interested.

Both Hurley and Drew led their teams to the NCAA Tournament. UB lost to West Virginia. Valparaiso lost to Maryland.

Purnell, a 27-year head coacching veteran, had taken teams to the NCAA Tournament six times. He was making a reported $2.2 million a year. UB has been in talks with Hurley for several weeks on renegotiating his contract.

The Tribune listed numerous other potential candidates, including Corbin, Golden State Warriors assistant Lindsey Hunter, Manhattan's Steve Masiello and Green Bay's Brian Wardle.

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