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Buffalo hires Nate Oats to replace Bobby Hurley

Buffalo moved quickly to find Hurley's replacement.

Oats (left) will take over on a permanent basis
Oats (left) will take over on a permanent basis
Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Just two days after Bobby Hurley was named head coach at Arizona State, Buffalo found their next head coach. Good thing for them is that they didn't need to do a national search, or even a search outside of their own campus.

Assistant Nate Oats was promoted to the head coach position after serving as the interim coach after Hurley's departure. The news was reported by ESPN's Jeff Goodman:

Oats was Hurley's top assistant and also his recruiting coordinator. Like Goodman mentioned, he was a head coach at Romulus High School in Romulus, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) for 11 seasons. He recruited Justin Moss and would seem to have many relationships within Detroit, a city that produces many good college basketball players.

Buffalo made a quick, smart hire, and will be competitive once again in the MAC next season with a strong core of returning players.